If you are injured on the job can you collect workers’ compensation insurance and file a personal injury lawsuit?
The most notable and relevant difference between a personal injury claim and a workers’ compensation case is fault. Workers’ compensation is basically a no-fault issue — if you are injured while at your place of employment or while performing a task while you are on the job, in most cases you are eligible to receive workers’ compensation for your accident.
A personal injury claim requires that the other person be negligent and you were injured as a result of that negligence.
If you simply slip and fall on another person’s property, it doesn’t necessarily mean the property owner was negligent. If it happens at work, or at another location while you were working for your employee, you should be eligible for workers’ compensation for your injuries. However, in order to file a successful personal injury claim, your work injury attorney in New York needs to prove that someone else’s negligence was the cause of your accident.
In a workers’ compensation claim, fault is rarely an issue. You don’t need to prove that your company or those you work with caused your accident in order to receive the benefits from workers’ compensation. Even if you, personally, were careless and caused the injury, you can still claim the benefits from workers’ compensation insurance.
Personal Injury Recovery
Possible compensation from a personal injury lawsuit may include any and all damages you suffered as a result of an accident or injury at the fault of someone else. Types of damages include:
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Benefits from a workers’ compensation claim include:
Employees do not receive pain and suffering benefits through workers’ compensation insurance. The employee is not able to file a personal injury claim against their employee or another co-worker. Because the employer is required by law to have workers’ compensation insurance, the employee who may be injured on the job relinquishes any right to file a personal injury claim against their employer for negligence.
There are only two types of employees that are not classified under the workers’ compensation laws:
Don’t take a chance with your case – hire the right workers compensation lawyer in New York. Whether you need to file a workers compensation claim because you were on a construction site, or even if you were working in an office environment, we are here to assist. At Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, we will help you work through the nuances of the legal system, and provide aggressive representation. Our goal is to maximize your compensation for your New York work injury case. An on-the-job case can be difficult to fight in NY, and we provide the type of legal representation you need.
Remember, neither your employer nor their insurance company will have your best interests at heart. We practice in all state and Federal Courts in New York, as well as state and local administrative agencies, rest assured that we will make sure to get you the compensation you deserve. We serve work injury victims in the entire New York City area, including the Bronx, Manhattan, Long Island, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and even Westchester and Rockland counties.
Sometimes, accidents that occur on the job, may also have what is known as a “third-party” aspect. We are here to help in those injury cases as well. For example, if you were driving a truck and were struck by another vehicle, and all this occurred while you were working, then you may have a workers compensation case and an automobile negligence case. Or, if you were working on a construction site, and you were injured because the general contractor made a mistake, you may have both a workers compensation case and a third-party personal injury case.
The bottom line is that if you suffered a workers compensation case in Brooklyn, New York, or any of the surrounding areas, call us today for a free consultation. We are here to help!