Workers compensation provides wage and medical benefits to employees injured on the job. Although workers’ compensation is typically the only benefit many workers will receive following an injury, there are exceptions.
Situations that may enable you to pursue damages in addition workers’ compensation fall under third party liability claims or incidences where your injury was caused by your employer’s intentional or egregious conduct.
- Third party liability claims may be brought against manufacturers for defective products that are present in the work place that lead to your injury or a toxic substance used in your workplace that caused or contributed an injury.
- In many states, damages may be sought in addition to workers’ compensation in cases where an employer hurts an employee on purpose, such as an altercation where an employee is hurt intentionally or sometimes in cases where an employer’s conduct is so egregious that it rises to the level of intentional harm.
Unfortunately, often times workers’ compensation does not adequately cover an employee’s expenses following a serious work injury. If that injury was caused by a defective product or was intentionally or egregiously inflicted at the hand of an employer, you may be able to pursue damages above and beyond what workers’ compensation will cover. Contact the Law Offices of Stoltze & Stoltze PLC for help with your workers’ compensation and personal injury claims if you or a family member has been injured in a workplace accident.