Injured due to employer negligence? We can help you seek a complete range of damages.
In general, workers are not allowed to sue their employers following a personal injury accident. Instead, they must make a claim under their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. In most situations, this is advantageous to workers because there is no need to prove who caused the accident, and workers can collect damages even if they caused their own injury.
However, cases involving gross employer negligence are different. In these cases, employees retain their right to sue.
What Is Gross Employer Negligence?
Gross employer negligence involves an employer willfully or deliberately ignoring something that they know poses a threat to employee health and safety. An example might be not providing proper protective gear to employees working with hazardous chemicals.
How Does Gross Employer Negligence Affect My Case?
Gross employer negligence can affect your case in three main ways:
More Compensation: Gross employer negligence will expand the range of damages you can receive for your injuries. You will be able to seek compensation for pain and suffering as well as punitive damages, which are awarded to punish employers for their misdeeds.
Higher Burden of Proof: In a workers’ comp case, you only need to prove that you were injured on the job. It doesn’t matter how or why. But in an employer negligence case, you will not only need to prove that your employer caused your accident, but that their conduct rose to the level of gross negligence.
More Resistance: Obviously, no employer wants to be found guilty of gross negligence. It’s bad for their reputation as well as costly. This means that your employer and their insurance provider are even more likely than usual to mount strong resistance to your claim.
We Will Fight For You
Given the complexity of a gross employer negligence case, it is extremely important to have a qualified attorney working on your behalf. Because we handle these types of cases in collaboration with the respected law firm Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin and Harrison, you can rest assured we have the skills, experience, and resources necessary to provide top-quality representation.
After carefully examining the facts in your case, we will provide our professional opinion as to whether you can win an employer negligence lawsuit, or whether you are better off pursuing an ordinary workers’ comp claim. Then, we will fight aggressively to maximize your compensation under whichever type of claim is appropriate.
Learn More During a Free Consultation
If you have questions about a potential workers’ compensation claim involving employer negligence, please contact us at 800-333-0000 today. We will be happy to provide a free initial consultation to help you understand your rights and options. We are here for you 7 days a week, and we take most cases on a contingency fee basis so there is no payment owed until we win your case.