Cummings Law Firm
Call Today - Hablamos EspaƱol
203-754-7779
Contact Menu

ARE PERSONAL INJURY AND WORKER'S COMPENSATION THE SAME THING?

A surprising question that worker's compensation lawyers hear fairly often is: "Are personal injury and worker's compensation the same?" The short answer is, no, there are several key differences. Primarily, the difference between these two types of claims is that worker's compensation cases are not based on a particular individual being at fault. With personal injury claims cases, there is usually an individual or organization that is liable. Accidents that occur at a place of employment are covered by worker's comp, regardless of whether anyone was negligent.

Differences in Damages

When filing a personal injury lawsuit, you could be entitled to compensation for any enduring pain or complications, diminished quality of life, or even damage to clothing and jewelry during an incident. Worker's compensation is a different animal. If you apply for worker's comp, you could receive compensation for your medical costs, some vocational rehabilitation, lost earning capabilities, or permanent impairment even if your own negligence was the cause of your injury. However, it will not compensate you for your personal suffering.

Are Still Able to Sue?

Worker's compensation laws are designed to ensure that workers injured while on the job receive some compensation and benefits to assist with their medical expenses. In exchange, those injured individuals lose their right to collect damages for pain/suffering and to sue co-workers and employees for any negligence. But there are exceptions to this and certain employees of certain industries still maintain their right to sue. The crew members of ships or boats and railroad employees are two examples of this.

If you are in the Waterbury area and find yourself in need of a worker's compensation attorney or a personal injury attorney, contact Cummings Law Firm. We are ready to help today.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
email us today

contact cummings law firm To learn how we can help you, contact us by calling 203-754-7779.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

21 Holmes Avenue Waterbury, CT 06710 Phone: 203-754-7779 Fax: 203-754-7778 Map & Directions

Back To Top