Who is liable for a workplace injury?

Workers’ compensation was something put in place to protect employees and employers. When employees suffer from a workplace accident that results in an injury, they may not be able to work due to this injury. This can cause them to be out of work for a period of time. During this time, they can know that their job is protected through these laws. Also, they can receive compensation in the meantime. They can apply for workers’ compensation. For these accidents, neither party is deemed to be liable for the accident that occurred. Employees and employers are not to blame. If an employee wishes to file a lawsuit against their employer, they are able to, but may not collect workers’ compensation.

If a third party was involved in the accident, it can complicate the outcome. The employee can seek liability on behalf of the third party. However, if they previously collected workers’ compensation, they may have to pay it back after winning a lawsuit against this party. The damages provided by the lawsuit may be able to provide for them while they are unable to work due to their injury.

What can workers’ compensation provide?

Since employees become injured in these accidents and are unable to work, they may not be able to support themselves financially. This can become a stressful situation for them. Workers’ compensation can provide money to cover expenses that have piled up due to your accident in the workplace. It can provide economic damages that can cover the cost of medical bills, lost wages and lost future wages. Through workers’ compensation, victims of an accident may also be entitled to benefits including medical care, supplemental benefits, social security benefits and death benefits, along with the above cash benefits. If an employee is not able to work anymore, they may be entitled to long-term benefits that can help them sustain their quality of life. With all these benefits, individuals are able to provide for themselves when they are unable to work. They may not face as serious of a financial situation due to the buildup of medical bills.

MW&M is comprised of an experienced team of attorneys focusing on legal matters of personal injury, workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, product liability, and wrongful death in Delaware. If you require an effective attorney to guide you through these difficult legal matters, contact MW&M today to schedule a free case evaluation.