Employees go to work every day to accomplish their tasks and get paid for it. When employees are injured in a workplace accident, they may not be able to finish their duties due to their current condition. However, workers’ compensation is in place to help these individuals. During these circumstances, employees can seek this type of aid to continue their standard of living. Workers’ compensation can provide monetary compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future wages. With this aid, individuals will be able to carry on with their life even when they cannot go to work and get paid for their labor.
Employees involved in these accidents may also be eligible for medical care, supplemental benefits, social security benefits and death benefits, along with the above cash benefits. 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.
Can I sue my employer?
Workers’ compensation protects employees and employers. Employees cannot be fired after they are injured, securing their jobs when they are healed to return to. Employers cannot be sued when employees are collecting workers’ compensation. Due to these circumstances, workers’ compensation can be collected without placing the blame on anyone. Employers are not held accountable for workplace accidents. However, the involvement of a third party can cause a different scenario.
If a third party is involved in your accident, you may be able to seek liability on their behalf. Since the third party is not your employer, you can file a lawsuit against them. If you file a lawsuit and happen to collect workers’ compensation beforehand, you may have to pay back the damages you collected upon winning the lawsuit. This is to be fair to the system. Other people can then collect this workers’ compensation if they were involved in a workplace accident.
When a third party is involved in a workplace accident, it may be due to a defective product. If they have manufactured a product that your company uses and something goes wrong, they may have made a mistake during the manufacturing process. If this is the case, this is a lawsuit to pursue. Speak with our attorneys to learn more about your options.
The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.