Q When I am hurt at work, do I have to sue my employer in Workers' Compensation court?
As a general rule, the answer is yes. Workers' Compensation is often referred to as the “exclusive remedy” for workers hurt on the job. It doesn't matter if the injury is your fault. If you are injured doing your job, you have a valid Workers' Compensation claim. You are entitled to medical care, lost wages, and additional money if you have a permanent loss of function.
There is one reason why you may be able to sue your employer outside of Workers' Compensation court. If your employer intentionally caused your injury or knew that you would most likely be injured, you may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against them.
If you have been hurt at work in New Jersey, you may want to get in touch with a Morristown Workers' Comp lawyer. Manfred Ricciardelli has 20 years of experience helping injured workers get the compensation they deserve. He will guide you through each step of the process and help you make the right decisions. Let us handle the legalities of your case while you focus on your recovery.
To schedule your free consultation, contact us today at 973-285-1100. If you'd like to learn more about NJ Workers' Compensation law, you can download our free E-Book: What the Injured Worker Needs to Know.