Can I sue for a slip and fall that happened at work?
Published in slip and fall accidents,Workers Compensation on November 21, 2018.
If you slip and fall at work, the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation provides accident insurance which can pay you a percent of your income, your medical bills, and your rehabilitation costs if you suffered an on the job accident. If you want to “sue” for a slip and fall accident that happened at work, you want to file a premises liability lawsuit against your employer, possibly coworkers, and any third-party who may have contributed to your fall. If you accept workers’ compensation payments, you can not additionally sue your employer for an improperly maintained work area, defective equipment, or a coworker’s deliberate or unintentional actions.
Premises Liability Accident
If you slipped and fell on the job, the owner of the property may be liable for your slip and fall. Contributory negligence is a major factor in all slip and fall accidents. Are you overweight? Are you arthritic? Did you notice the wet floor sign by the puddle? Maybe other employees did. If the judge decides you were not watching where you were going, you will receive no compensation at all from the Georgia court.
Personal Injury Compensation
Workers’ compensation pays immediately after your injuries and helps you get your bills paid while you are unable to work. Personal injury settlements usually begin after you have completed all your medical treatment and have recovered as much as possible from your accidental injuries. Personal injury lawyers establish liability for accidental injuries before they negotiate compensation for your:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitative care
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Workers’ compensation is essentially no fault. You don’t have to prove that your injuries occurred as a result of your employer’s deliberate or unintentional negligence to prevail in a workers’ compensation case.
If you were performing work for your employer or on your way to or from work when you slipped, you probably shouldn’t try to negotiate on your own behalf. You should notify your employer and your insurance company of your work-related accident. You should immediately contact a personal injury lawyer to file your workers compensation application because you must file your application correctly within four weeks of your accident to prevail. Workers compensation does not compensate you for your emotional distress as a result of your slip and fall.
Contact us today at Nelson & Smith Contact our personal injury lawyer at Nelson & Smith for a free initial consultation when our experience can help you decide what is best for you. Our law firm has recovered millions of dollars for hard working clients who have been injured on the job. Call our Macon, Dublin, Hawkinsville, or Tifton office for peace of mind today.