When is it OK to Sue an Employer for a Work Injury in Nebraska?
If someone’s reckless actions resulted in work injuries or you were denied workers’ compensation benefits, you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Work related accidents can happen in any type of job. Injuries you suffer as a result can have major impacts on every area of your life. These injuries can keep you from working or enjoying your favorite activities while causing chronic health issues that demand ongoing medical care. Workers’ compensation benefits can help offset your expenses, but there are situations in which you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit instead.
Four Situations When Suing Your Employer May be an Option
Workers’ compensation is a federally mandated program that is administered on the state level. It acts as a form of insurance to help workers who suffer job related injuries and protects employers against legal liability. Rather than suing the employer for the damages they suffer, employees can file a claim through the Workers’ Compensation Court and obtain coverage for lost wages and medical benefits.
However, there are scenarios in which you may be entitled to additional types of compensation by filing a personal injury claim. This only applies in limited situations and is something you will want to discuss with an experienced Nebraska workers’ compensation attorney immediately after your accident or injury occurs. The following are four circumstances when suing your employer may be an option:
- Acts of violence or aggression in the workplace: According to the National Safety Council, assaults and other aggressive actions leave close to 20,000 workers suffering serious injuries each year. When this involves supervisors, fellow employees, customers, or others associated with your job, your employer may be held liable for failing to take the steps needed to protect you.
- Negligence on the part of an employer or others associated with your job: Employers are required to maintain certain safety standards on the job. Under the Nebraska Statutes, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit when injuries occur as a result of the negligent actions of others on the job. This includes your employer and others, such as product suppliers and equipment manufacturers.
- When your employer lacks workers’ compensation coverage: There are guidelines in place which dictate when an employer is required to provide workers’ compensation coverage. If they are exempt or fail to provide the appropriate level of insurance, they may be held liable in a lawsuit.
- When your benefits have been denied or stopped: In limited circumstances, you may be able to sue your employer for a work injury if your workers’ compensation benefits are denied or stopped for no valid reason.
Contact Our Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Attorney
At Andres Law Offices, PC LLO, we can advise you on the best course of action in seeking compensation for on the job injuries and aggressively represent you in filing a claim. To discuss your options, call or contact our Nebraska workers’ compensation attorney online and request a consultation today.