After an injury occurs in the workplace, it is important to determine exactly who is liable for the damage. In some cases the injured worker is accountable for his own injuries because of reckless behavior. Much of the time, however, the injuries are caused by a negligent coworker. If you have been injured because of a coworker’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
Workers’ compensation is a system that enables employers to help employees who have been injured at work. Since so many workplace accidents happen in construction, many people only associate workers’ compensation with that type of injury. In reality, people in any line of work who are injured at work may be eligible for workers’ comp.
Benefits and Limitations of Workers’ Comp
Employers purchase workers’ compensation insurance to help their employees. In most jurisdictions, employers of all kinds are generally required by law to have workers’ comp. If they do not, however, that does not prevent an injured employee from seeking compensation for injuries sustained at work. In some cases, it may even be better to pursue litigation rather than accepting workers’ comp.
Filing for workers’ comp prevents you from pursuing a personal injury suit, but someone who has sustained grossly negligent or malicious injuries may find it better to seek damages for their pain and suffering. No matter what course of action you ultimately choose, you shouldn’t have to suffer and pay for someone else’s negligent conduct.
If you have been injured in the workplace because of a coworker’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills.