No matter what type of job you have or what sort of work you do at that job, there is always a risk that someone else’s reckless or careless misconduct could cause you to get hurt. While workers’ compensation coverage can do a lot to make up for the economic effects of a workplace injury, it typically does not address all of the personal, psychological, and even financial losses that a work-related accident can lead to.
Fortunately, you may have a right to demand civil compensation from whoever is to blame for your workplace injury. The first step is to establish their negligence with the help of a skilled personal injury attorney. If you believe anyone other than your employer holds some of the blame for your accident on the job, make speaking with an Atlanta work injury lawyer your top priority.
When Is It Possible To File a Lawsuit After a Work Injury?
Under Georgia state law, any company or enterprise which employs three or more people on a regular basis—counting both full-time and part-time employees—is required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance coverage for all those employees. As a tradeoff, though, companies that buy workers’ comp insurance are generally immune from being held directly liable for on-the-job accidents. This means you typically cannot sue your own employer over a work injury.
However, that immunity from civil litigation in this kind of situation only applies to your direct employer, and not to companies your employer contracts with, third-party suppliers, or even people just passing by or visiting a work site. If any one of those people acts negligently—meaning they did something reckless or careless which went against a “duty” they had to act responsibly under the circumstances—and contributes to causing a workplace accident, you may be able to file suit against them.
To be clear, this is a broad summary of a fairly complex process. Determining exactly who might have played a role in a specific accident is far from simple. Guidance from an Atlanta work injury attorney could be key not just to figuring out who should pay financially for the harm you sustain but also to collecting important evidence and building the strongest possible case against them.
Getting Paid Fairly for All Available Damages
Unlike workers’ comp, a third-party lawsuit over a work injury is not restricted to demanding compensation for medical expenses and a portion of lost wages. Instead, a person found liable for a workplace accident based on their own negligence can be made to pay for the full value of every economic and non-economic loss their actions directly led to, including:
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Personal property damage
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and psychological distress
- Costs associated with long-term disability for things like home/vehicle modifications
- Any medical expenses and wage loss not covered by workers’ comp, including lost future working capacity
At Robert James Trial Attorneys, we are not afraid to go to court to get you paid what you deserve. Our lawyers have experience handling all kinds of work-related injuries across the Atlanta area.
Get in Touch With an Atlanta Work Injury Attorney Today
Getting hurt on the job can be disruptive to every part of your life, especially if you are unable to draw income during recovery or, even worse, are left permanently disabled. In either scenario, help is available from our dedicated legal professionals who know how to identify who is really to blame for your accident and make sure they are held accountable in court.
The guidance and support you need is available from a skilled Atlanta work injury lawyer. Call today to discuss your options.