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If you’ve been injured at work, you probably have already filed or are considering filing workers’ compensation claims.
Filing workers’ compensation claims should always be your first move after being injured at work, after all!
But if you are injured and waiting to hear about your claim, you might be wondering if you have any other options, legal or otherwise. Not all workers’ compensation claims are approved, so it’s a good idea to know additional options.
So, what are your other options if you are injured at work? It depends on how and where you were injured, for sure, but workers’ compensation might not be your only avenue for help and financial aid.
For example, if you were driving on a work-related assignment and you were in a car accident, you might be able to sue the other driver for damages. Or, if you suffered a fall while walking in to work, you might be able to sue the owner of the property for not maintaining walkways or paths.
Furthermore, if you are doing work with a tool or device that malfunctions and results in you becoming injured, and it turns out the tool or device was faulty or defective, you might have a case against the company that manufactured or sold the tool.
You might be filing two different claims for two different reasons: You’d be filing workers’ compensation because the injury happened while you were working but you’d also be filing other suits because of the extenuating circumstances.
These additional claims are called third-party claims and they are not uncommon. Sometimes, a workers’ compensation claim has different facets, and an experienced attorney can help you get the financial compensation you need – and deserve – if you’ve been injured at work.
These nuances are why it’s always best to contact a knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney when you get hurt, so you don’t lose your opportunity for compensation – and so you know you are getting the benefits and financial payment you need and deserve.
Connor Kimmet and Hafenstein LLP
If you have been injured or sickened at work, an expert workers’ compensation attorney can help you. We have a lawyer who will work for you and can answer your questions!