If you’ve been injured in the workplace, chances are high that you’ll
need to file a claim through the
workers’ compensation system rather than seek a more conventional form of financial recovery. After
all, this “no fault” system was designed to reduce the total
number of injury lawsuits, while still providing a means for workers to
However, in certain instances, you may be able to bring a
personal injury lawsuit and seek financial compensation through that route instead. No matter
what you need, our attorneys at Herbert Chestnut & Associates can
give you skilled legal counsel and compassionate support during this difficult
time. When you visit our offices for a free consultation, we’ll
help you explore all the avenues for recovery available to you.
Some of the most common scenarios that could make you eligible for a lawsuit:
Your injuries were caused by a defective product or dangerous chemical. Even after you’ve signed a workers’ compensation settlement
agreement, it’s possible that you could bring a claim against the
manufacturers of a deadly toxin or a defective product. Because these
third parties were probably not included in the terms of your settlement
agreement, you may be able to bring a product liability lawsuit against them.
There was a third party involved in your injuries. If your injuries happened on the job, but were caused by a dangerous and
negligent third party, you can likely pursue a personal injury lawsuit
against that individual. One example would be a retail employee suffering
a life-threatening injury during an armed robbery.
Your employer does not carry adequate workers’ compensation insurance. Most employers in the state of Georgia are required to purchase valid workers’
comp insurance. In order to file a workers’ comp claim, you will
need to confirm that your employer falls into this category. However,
if your employer
should be carrying workers’ comp insurance but does not have it (or has
insufficient coverage), you may be able to sue your employer or seek recovery
from a state fund.
Of course, it’s always best to review the circumstances of your workplace
injury with an experienced attorney before you decide to take any action.
Because we understand exactly how the Georgia workers’ compensation
system operates, we can help you determine whether a workers’ comp
claim or a lawsuit will get you the best chance at recovery – and
make sure that you stay within the lines of all state regulations, statutes,
Ready to get started? For prompt assistance from our legal team, just call
(770) 661-0091 today.