Many injured workers do not know about the full range of their rights after an injury on the job. People usually have some idea of their right to benefits under workers' compensation law, but they often do not realize that they may also have a right to personal injury damages from a negligent defendant unrelated to the employer.
Some examples of the kinds of cases that often support a right to compensation under both systems are:
- Accidents at loading docks, warehouses, or freight yards
- Accidents suffered by health care workers at hospitals, nursing homes, or private in-home assignments
- Construction or installation worker accidents
- Employee injuries in stores, restaurants, or hotels
- Highway accidents suffered by truck drivers or other commercial vehicle operators
- Injuries on delivery or maintenance routes
- Manufacturing or assembly accidents, especially those caused by defective machinery or equipment
As a general rule, a non-employer can be sued for negligence over and above an injured employee's right to workers' compensation benefits. The advice of a knowledgeable attorney can help you understand the full extent of your rights after a job-related injury. Our firm’s substantial experience in the practice of law relating directly to the workplace injury experience can be put to use for you.
With workplace accident litigation experience going back to the 1960s, the attorneys at O'Hara, Taylor, Sloan & Cassidy know what to look for to determine your rights in a lawsuit for damages or a claim for benefits. Our attorneys can review and investigate your case, then explain your legal options and answer your questions about the different procedures of personal injury litigation and the workers' compensation system. Whenever possible, we will pursue both claims on your behalf.
In most situations, when you have been injured on the job, we will be able to assist you in expeditiously obtaining all benefits to which you are legally entitled. Contact our office by phone or e-mail to schedule your initial consultation and learn more about how our attorneys can help.