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Workers’ comp not always the answer for a personal injury at work

Suffering a personal injury while working is not just unpleasant; it could affect your ability to function properly going forward. You probably feel comforted in knowing that workers’ compensation will provide you with benefits for your injury. However, sometimes these benefits fail to make you whole again.

While workers’ compensation exists to compensate victims while preventing frivolous litigation against an employer, you may still be able to file a personal injury claim for your work-related harm. In our Allentown practice, we have counseled many work accident victims on when they can pursue a lawsuit. To make it as simple as possible, we have outlined a few scenarios in which a victim injured at work can file a personal injury claim.

  • If your employer is required to have workers’ compensation insurance but does not, you can pursue an injury lawsuit targeting the company for which you work.
  • If your injury occurred due to product defects or manufacturer negligence, you can file an injury claim against the product manufacturer.
  • If your injury occurred because of a third party’s negligence, you could initiate a claim against this separate party. A good example of third party negligence is when a motorist crashes into a construction worker while he or she is performing job duties.

Two important keys to success when pursing personal injury claims are identifying if you are eligible to make a claim and finding the right representation to stand against a company’s legal team effectively. When an injury has compromised the future wellbeing of your family, we believe it is worth the effort to fight against those who caused you harm. We offer Pennsylvania residents a wealth of resources on our website and we invite you to visit us online anytime you need an advocate.