One Accident, Multiple Claims In Ohio Workers Comp
Cleveland Injury And Workers Comp Lawyers
Do You Have a Personal Injury Case in Addition to a Workers’ Comp Claim?
In exchange for workers’ compensation, injured workers generally do not have the right to sue their employers. However, there are times when an injured worker can obtain additional compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit in addition to a workers’ compensation claim.
When Can I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit for a Workplace Accident?
Workers’ compensation laws protect employers against lawsuits from injured employees except in cases of intentional torts. However, those laws don’t protect parties other than your employer. There are many cases where a worker injury is cause by a third party (someone other than you or your employer):
- Auto accidents while on the job
- Truck and delivery van accidents on the job
- Contractor negligence
- Accidents caused by negligent vendors
- Defective machinery
- Hazardous chemicals
- Other defective products
If you are injured in an auto accident or by anyone who doesn’t work for your employer, you can seek additional compensation − such as money for pain and suffering − by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party.
When Can I Sue My Employer?
If your employer removes a safety guard from a machine or deliberately withholds information about a workplace hazard and you are injured as a result, you may be able file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer.
You can also receive additional workers’ compensation benefits if your employer violates a specific workplace safety requirement (VSSR) established by law or by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to protect individuals who have been injured on the job. In some cases, however, injured workers may be able to obtain additional compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit in addition to a workers’ compensation claim. Third parties may be liable if they have been negligent, and it is important to explore all of your options after an accident.
At the law firm of Garson Johnson LLC, in Cleveland, Ohio, our firm will thoroughly review your case to determine whether a third party, other than your employer, is at fault for your accident. We will help you pursue the maximum compensation available from all sources.
Contact our firm to learn more information and to schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers. Call us at (216) 696-9330.