Getting hurt at work can be devastating. Unfortunately, lots of people are hurt or killed at work each year. In Louisiana, hurt or killed workers can file a workers’ compensation claim if their injury arises out of and in the course of employment.
Workers’ Comp May Not Provide Full Recovery
Unless your employer or co-worker intended to hurt you, workers’ compensation is the only right you have against your employer for work place injuries and death. While the workers compensation claims’ process is beyond the scope of this article, workers’ comp claims can help cover some costs. But it never provides full recovery for personal injuries and wrongful death.
Workers’ compensation is limited. It can leave injured workers unable to get the care they need. It can leave families whose breadwinners are killed at work emotionally damaged for life and in financial ruin.
Workers’ Comp May Not be the Only Option if You Get Hurt at Work
Before relying on workers’ compensation alone, you should find out if it is possible to bring a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit as well. To do so, you need to investigate and find out who may be at fault for causing the personal injuries or wrongful death. If someone other than your employer or a co-worker is at fault, you may be able to file a lawsuit to seek full recovery for your personal injuries, wrongful death, pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. Sometimes your employer’s corporate structure can open avenues to a personal injury lawsuit and recovery.
Stag Liuzza Helps Injured Workers
Stag Liuzza recently settled a personal injury case for a truck driver who was injured after the brakes on a truck he was driving failed. That case involved a worker’s compensation claim against his employer, and a personal injury lawsuit against a third party company that owned the truck – even though the third-party company was owned by the same people that employed him. Because of that investigation, Stag Liuzza was able to help the injured worker get out from under the limits of the workers’ comp scheme and into a Louisiana courthouse.
If you have been hurt at work, call Stag Liuzza personal injury lawyers for a free consultation at 504-593-9600. We can help you find out if you have a personal injury claim as well.