Am I Entitled to Additional Compensation?
Collecting Workers’ Compensation? You May Be Entitled to More
Workers’ compensation laws prevent workers who are injured on the job from pursuing claims against their employers. Medical expenses and lost wages are covered under the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy. However, many injured workers may ask themselves, “Am I entitled to additional compensation?” Negligent individuals or businesses that are not your employer may still be held financially responsible if their negligence contributes to your accident.
If you have been injured in a work-related accident, you may still be entitled to additional compensation — even if you are already collecting workers’ compensation benefits. Contact our North Carolina work injury attorneys online or call 704-594-4227 to learn more about your rights.
Holding Other Parties Accountable
Many workplace accidents involve other parties who may be held responsible for your injuries. The attorneys at our personal injury law firm have extensive experience handling a wide range of these cases, including those involving:
- Slip-and-fall accidents at work: A fall down the stairs, a slip-and-fall on slippery or wet floors, or a trip-and-fall on a cord or exposed wire — while you may be entitled to workers’ comp benefits if the slip-and-fall occurred while you were working, you may also be capable of pursuing compensation in a third-party negligence claim. This could involve a claim against a business responsible for cleaning or maintaining the floors, a claim against a homeowners policy or commercial liability policy when the accident occurred away from the office or work site, or other negligence claims.
- Car accidents while on the job: Not every work-related accident occurs while you are actually at work. Delivery workers and other workers can be injured in work-related car and truck accidents while performing regular job duties. In addition to filing a workers’ comp claim, you may be entitled to compensation from an at-fault driver, a defective truck part manufacturer or other negligent third parties.
- Construction site accidents: The varying degrees of employer-employee relationships on a construction site can make it confusing when trying to file a claim for an injury suffered while working on the job site. Liability claims beyond workers’ comp claims may be possible when someone other than your employer is responsible, such as another subcontractor, a manufacturer of a defective or dangerous forklift or crane, or a company responsible for site prep and setup of scaffolding equipment.
- Manufacturing accidents: Manufacturing workers are susceptible to suffering amputation injuries in accidents, such as the losses of limbs, hands, arms or fingers. When a manufacturing accident involves extremely dangerous or defective equipment or machinery, an additional claim may be made against product manufacturers or other responsible parties.
Whether you need assistance filing for workers’ compensation benefits, obtaining a fair workers’ comp settlement for permanent injuries suffered on the job, or maximizing your settlement against negligent third parties, our lawyers have the experience and commitment to provide the strong advocacy you need.
See If You May Be Entitled
If you were injured in an accident as an employee, you may be entitled to compensation beyond what is offered as part of workers’ comp. Contact our Charlotte injury lawyers online or call 704-594-4227 for a free initial consultation to discuss your options.