After employees suffer from an accident at work, they have the opportunity to collect workers’ compensation. Through this process, employees will not have to worry about losing their jobs and employers do not have to stress a lawsuit. When workers’ compensation is collected, neither the employee or employer is at fault for the incident. If an employee collects workers’ compensation, they cannot file a lawsuit against their employer.
If you were injured in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to compensation. This compensation can involve economic damages. Damages are forms of compensation through money. Economic damages can include compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future wages. Through this compensation, you will be able to continue living your normal lifestyle without having to worry about financial burdens piling up.
Through workers’ compensation, those who suffered in a work-related accident may also be entitled to benefits including medical care, supplemental benefits, social security benefits and death benefits, along with the above cash benefits. If an employee is not able to work anymore, they may be entitled to long-term benefits that can help them sustain their quality of life.
Do I qualify for workers’ compensation?
When you are involved in an accident at work, it is important to seek medical attention to assess your injuries and to document them. This will prove to your employer the accident that you sustained and how it has had an impact on your ability to accomplish your duties. It gives evidence to the cause of your injuries and the extent of these injuries in your everyday life. No one is at fault when workers’ compensation is collected. If you file for workers’ compensation and receive it, you cannot sue your employer. This recognizes your right to gain workers’ compensation and avoids entering into litigation with your employer.
How can a third party be involved in workers’ compensation cases?
In the workplace, companies may use products or supplies that are manufactured by a different company. These devices may have had a factor in the accident that you suffered from in the workplace. They could have been defective and caused your injury to occur. If this is the case, you are able to file a lawsuit against the third party. Since they are not your employer, you can collect workers’ compensation and file a lawsuit. However, if you win damages from the lawsuit you may have to pay back the workers’ compensation you previously collected. A third party allows you to seek liability. Otherwise, workers’ compensation cases usually do not involve placing liability on a particular party.
Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt because of the negligence of another party. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, contact our firm today.