You go to work and you expect to come home safely to your family. Unfortunately, an accident at work can change all of that. In fact, it can change your future for the long-term. When that accident is the result of your employer’s negligence, the carelessness of a third party, or the recklessness of a coworker, it becomes even more devastating because you did nothing to injure yourself.
If you have been injured on the job, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the responsible parties. At Farrish Johnson Law Office, you will be met with a caring Mankato personal injury attorney and an office staff that will, upon acceptance of your case, aggressively pursue your right to compensation
Helping You Understand Your Options
When you are injured on the job, you have two options: file for workers’ comp or file a personal injury claim. The law prevents you from doing both, so you have to choose which you want to do. You have to look at the extent of your injuries and a number of other factors so you can make that decision. Your attorney will review your options with you so that you know what may be best for you.
If you file a personal injury lawsuit and you win, then you may receive more compensation than you would through workers’ comp. However, you may find that workers’ comp is adequate and will give you what you need to get back on your feet. You and your attorney will assess the monetary damages done to you in order to establish the best course of action.
File Your Complaint
While workers’ compensation laws may keep you from being able to sue your employer once you receive compensation, there may be an exception. If a third party was involved in the accident, you may be able to hold them liable. For example:
- You may have been injured by a faulty product while on the job, which would enable you to hold the manufacturer liable
- You may have been injured because of unsafe conditions on a third party’s property, so you could hold the property owner responsible
- You may have been injured by a third party while at your place of work, but you can still hold that third party and/or his employer responsible for the damages the accident caused
Just because you may accept workers’ comp doesn’t mean that you may not have a claim against another involved party. You and your Southern Minnesota personal injury attorney can discuss your options.
Contact A Mankato Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured in the workplace, you are most likely confused and wondering what you can do next. If your employer was at fault for the accident that caused your injury, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit rather than a workers’ compensation claim, especially since you cannot do both. To learn more about your rights and options, call Farrish Johnson Law Office at 507-625-2525 for a free consultation.