For injuries in the workplace, employees are able to collect workers’ compensation. This form of compensation was put in place to protect employees and employers. Employees are able to collect monetary compensation while they are unable to work due to an injury. This also protects the employer from liability. Neither party is blamed for the responsibility of the accident. If there is a third party involved in the accident, employees may wish to file a lawsuit against them. Although they are not able to file a lawsuit against their employer if they collect workers’ compensation, they can take legal action against a third party. Employees cannot file a lawsuit against their employer if they collect workers’ compensation.
Can I file a lawsuit and collect workers’ compensation?
With a third party’s involvement, the situation can become more complex. Employees can file a lawsuit against the third party and it may not affect the employer. A third party could have been involved due to a manufactured product that was in use in the workplace where the accident occurred. Employees may wish to seek liability to recover more damages. However, if they previously collected workers’ compensation, they may have to compensate the amount that they received. When winning a case against a third party, they may recover damages that will instead replace the original workers’ compensation.
Who can collect workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation was put in place in order to help those that are injured in the workplace. It protects them from being terminated from their position due to their inability to carry out their job duties. Not only do these laws protect employees, they protect employers from being blamed as well. By collecting workers’ compensation, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the incident that you have been faced with and the injuries you have sustained because of it. This compensation may include economic damages, which include compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future wages.
After suffering from a workplace accident, it is best to receive medical attention. A health care professional can address your injuries and document them. When the extent of your injuries are documented, it can be used to prove your case to collect workers’ compensation. This can help show the seriousness of your injuries and how it has made you unable to perform your job duties. 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.
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