If you suffered an injury at work, then you are likely contemplating a common questions people have in your situation: Should you file for workers’ compensation or file a personal injury claim? The answer is not a simple one but you can count on The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker to find the right option for your case. Keep reading to learn about the factors that affect this decision then contact us at 562-222-0146 to request a free legal consultation.
The Basics of Personal Injury Claim
Personal injury lawsuits can be filed by anyone who was injured due to someone else acting in a negligent manner. If this is the case in your workplace accident, you must be able to prove that a work-related party was responsible for your accident. You can then receive compensatory damages, such as damages required to pay your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
The Basics of Workers’ Compensation Claims
If you are file a workers’ compensation claim, the main benefit over a personal injury claim is that you do not have to prove that your employer or any other party is at fault. Even if the injury was the result of a poor decision you made, you can receive workers’ compensation if you were working at the time of the accident. The main disadvantage compared to a personal injury claim is that you can only recover economic loses, such as medical bills, and not noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
Common Injuries Associated with Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Claims
While just about any injury can be suffered at a workplace, there are some that are more common when it comes to workers’ compensation or personal injury claims and lawsuits. This includes issues with defective products, toxic substances, slip and fall accidents, and car accidents that occur while the employee is driving for work.
How to Determine if You Should File a Workers’ Compensation or Personal Injury Claim
Though it may not seem that way, the answer to this question is actually very simple: Contact a personal injury attorney who hands both workers’ compensation and personal injury claims. Go over the basics of your case and listen to their advice. Remember that it is important to work with someone who handles both kinds of claims. Otherwise, you may have an attorney who is biased toward the type of work they can provide, even if it is not the right choice for you.
If you are ready to talk to an attorney you can trust to take care of your legal needs then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 562-222-0146. We can help with both workers’ compensation and personal injury claims and are happy to get you started with a free legal consultation.