An accident can happen at any time, and at any place. Some accidents take place right outside your house, while others happen on the way to work or a recreational activity. It is also possible to be injured while at work. This is especially true if your job requires you to drive, or operate heavy machinery. If you have been hurt while working, you have options for recovery, and one of those options is to file a worker’s compensation claim. However, in some states filing a claim in worker’s compensation is your only choice. So, it is good to know how you are required to proceed if you are hurt on the job.
A work injury can be defined as an on the job injury, but can also be classified as a personal injury, for which you can sue the negligent party. This does not necessarily mean a worker’s compensation claim is required. In order to make a decision as to which method is best for you, consider the following:
- The severity of your injuries, and whether part of your injuries include significant pain and suffering. Not all awards for a worker’s compensation claim include pain and suffering, so it is important to know what you are likely to be awarded before you make a claim.
- Who was at fault? Even if you are working when hurt, if the culpable party is not somehow connected to your employer, a worker’s compensation case is not appropriate.
- The type of accident, and likelihood it will occur again in the future.
Making a decision about how to hold a responsible party accountable for damages sustained in an accident is not easy. When you get hurt you expect to receive medical care that will allow you to fully recover, and in some areas of the law what you are awarded can be limited. It is critical to pursue the legal remedies that meet your needs, but also that fit the facts of your case. Knowing what you are in for when you make a worker’s compensation claim, or initiate a settlement demand in a personal injury case is helpful because the element of surprise is partially removed. Our team of skilled injury attorneys knows how to determine the best course of action for your case, and will explain your options to you in a way that makes sense.
If you have been in an accident, call our office to learn your options. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.