INJURED AT WORK? MAYBE YOU CAN SUE TWICE.

  • INJURED AT WORK? MAYBE YOU CAN SUE TWICE.

    April 10, 2018

    INJURED AT WORK? MAYBE YOU CAN SUE TWICE.

    Happens every day, actually, hundreds of times a day, a misstep, listing heavy object, carelessness of a coworker, maybe even a car accident while on the job. In some circumstances, you are allowed to sue twice, once in Worker’s Comp. which is nearly a guaranteed recovery for an injury on the job, and if there is someone responsible for your injury who is not a co-employee, you can also sue that person. The classic example is a car accident while on the job. You receive Worker’s Compensation benefits from your employer’s insurance company, which include your normal wages, all medical bills without co-pay or deductible, and a permanency award, cash in your pocket just because you were injured. Then you have the right to go after the person who caused the accident. Generally speaking, you can expect to recover substantially more in the car accident case if you are successful. In Worker’s Comp., you do not get compensated nearly as much in the permanency award, but it is nearly a guaranteed payment. The one proviso is that if in fact you recover from the person who caused the accident, then you would have to pay back, from your settlement with the other person, two thirds of what Worker’s Comp. has paid. In practical terms, this means you will get quick money from the Worker’s Comp. insurance company to keep you on your feet financially, and more money down the road if you are successful in pursuing the person who cause that injury.

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    Mr. Chase has practiced Personal Injury Law in Mercer County since 1979, and handles all types of Person Injury cases, including automobile accidents, slip and falls, motorcycle crashes, and medical malpractice cases. Initial consultation is always free