If I am injured on the job, can I still sue to recover damages?
Generally speaking, you cannot sue your employer and are limited to recovery of workers compensation benefits, unless you were injured by a third party, such as a negligent driver. If you have been injured by a negligent third party while on the job, you are entitled to pursue a claim for damages not covered by worker’s compensation, such as pain, suffering, and impairment of the activities of daily living. Coordinating a third-party recovery with the worker’s compensation carrier, Medicare, Social Security, can be very complicated. If you have been injured on the job, call for a free consultation.
What is my case worth?
This is a very often-asked question, especially in auto-collision cases. As tempting as it can be to opine as to value during the initial interview, it is virtually impossible to answer that question with any degree of accuracy. We can often express a range of value, if we have enough information regarding the nature and extent of a person’s injuries; the amount of medical expenses; the amount of income loss, etc.; however, a lot of time, effort, information gathering, and analysis goes into calculating the value of a person’s claim. For instance, does the person have pre-existing conditions which may explain their complaints/restrictions in activities? Did the person suffer a concussion/closed head injury in the collision? Were there injuries which required surgery, and which may have long term chronic consequences? Are there issues of who was at fault in causing the collision or questions regarding causation of injuries and damages? Are there insurance issues or health care reimbursement issues which will affect the net recovery? Are there first-party insurance coverage issues (such as Underinsured Motorist Coverage) which may increase the potential recovery? There are many other factors which affect the value of a personal injury claim. Contact us if you have questions. The initial interview is free. We work on a contingent, percentage fee basis, so there is no attorney fee unless we recover money for you.
Beware of those who are quick to tell you what your case is worth.