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Posted in Uncategorized on April 20, 2022
In general, if an individual sustains an on-the-job injury, they will be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, a portion of their lost wages, and disability benefits if necessary. Usually, going through the workers’ compensation system prevents an employee from filing a lawsuit against their employer. However, there may be times when the employer is negligent and it is acceptable for an employee to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for their losses.
Workplace negligence could entitle an injured employee to compensation if they sustain injuries or other losses on the job. There are various types of negligent employer behaviors that individuals need to be aware of, particularly when it comes to determining whether or not they will be able to file a lawsuit against their employer:
Employer or coworker negligence in the workplace is not always a straightforward case. For example, if a sanitation worker inside the workplace spills a mop bucket and causes that person to slip and fall, this does not necessarily mean that there was direct negligence involved or that the employer should face a personal injury lawsuit. These types of issues are typically handled through the workers’ compensation system.
Indeed, there is a high bar set for when it will be okay to file a lawsuit against an employer as opposed to going through the workers’ compensation system. We strongly encourage you to work with a skilled Phoenix worker’s compensation attorney who has experience handling both work injury and traditional personal injury claims. An attorney will help determine the best steps moving forward and whether or not you have a viable civil personal injury lawsuit.