Difference Between Workers’ Compensation and Personal injury Lawsuits

If you have sustained an injury on a job site, you have choices as to what actions to undertake for compensation. Boston workplace accident attorney

The best way to make the best decision for your case is by consulting with an experienced workplace injury lawyer who can evaluate the details of your injury and help you fully understand your options.

Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance carried by most employers in the state of Massachusetts. Independent contractors are not covered by this insurance, make sure to ask whether you are considered an employee and if you are covered with your human resources department.

Under this type of insurance, an employee has the right to obtain compensation for medical costs related to the injury and payment of lost wages during the treatment or recovery time. This compensation does not cover other kinds of non-financial damages, and it will still cover you even if you are at fault for the accident.

Personal Injury Lawsuits

Massachusetts personal injury lawsuits require a bad actor that can be taken to court. This means that someone else is at fault for the injury you suffered– in this scenario it would be your employer or even other employees. Therefore, you would have the right to file suit and seek reimbursement for medical costs, lost earning, change in lifestyle, pain, and emotional injury.

Personal injury lawsuits will take longer to process than a workers’ compensation claim and will recover much more in damages. Therefore, it is important to talk about your accident with a knowledgeable workplace injury lawyer before deciding what path to take for you situation.

If you have been injured on the job and need a Massachusetts personal injury attorney, please call the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman at (617) 367-2900 to have an attorney review your claim.

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