While employed by a subcontractor at a worksite, I was injured by an employee of a different subcontractor. What should I do?
Because you were injured at work, you are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. Notify your employer and file a worker’s compensation claim. Your employer must give or mail you a claim form within one working day after learning about your injury. Contact a worker’s compensation attorney to make sure your rights are being protected and to ensure that you are getting all the benefits allowable under the law.
You also may have a civil case against the employee who injured you and/or his or her employer. There are damages in civil cases that you cannot claim in worker’s compensation, including emotional distress, pain, and suffering. You can have a worker’s compensation case and a civil case at the same time, depending on the exact circumstances of your injury. You should consult with attorneys who specialize in personal injury claims as soon as possible because there are strict rules and time limits to follow.
-Alexandra A. Hamilton, Leary Trial Team at The Veen Firm, PC
This Month's Expert; Alexandra A. Hamilton