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Workers' Compensation vs. Personal Injury Lawsuits

Posted By Montee Law Firm, P.C. || 3-Jul-2017

Whether you are on the job or not, being injured in an accident can throw a wrench into your life, and create significant physical, financial and emotional burdens. Fortunately for injured victims and their loved ones, our legal system understands that unforeseen injuries have an overwhelming potential for disruption and has pathways in place for victims to secure the compensation they need as they recover.

At Montee Law Firm, P.C., our Kansas City attorneys have helped victims and families throughout Missouri, Kansas, and the nation following both workplace accidents and other accidents outside of work. Because victims are commonly unfamiliar with their rights and the legal process, we always take the time to explain how they may be entitled to compensation and whether a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim is right for them.

Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance carried by most employers. As a no-fault insurance system, workers relinquish the right to pursue negligence claims against their employer in exchange for benefits that help them with medical treatment and wage supplementation. This means injured workers can receive workers’ comp benefits regardless of who was at fault for their accident and injuries.

In some cases, workers are injured on the job as a result of negligence. In these cases, our legal team explores whether personal injury lawsuits may be appropriate. Typically, personal injury lawsuits become an option when workplace injuries involve the negligence of a third party, such as a contractor, premises owner, or a manufacturer of defective products or equipment caused harm. They may also be an option in cases where employers are egregiously negligent or commit wrongful and willful acts. Our legal team can help you explore your options in order to maximize your compensation following a work injury.

Personal Injury

Personal injury lawsuits are claims of negligence. Unlike workers’ comp claims, these lawsuits allege that accidents, injuries, and damages result from another party’s failure to uphold a legal duty. A product manufacturer that makes a product available to the public can be considered negligent when that product is defectively designed or manufactured in a way that makes it inherently unsafe for its intended use. Premises owners can also be held accountable for negligence when unsafe conditions harm visitors, guests, or contracted workers.

Whether you have valid grounds to pursue a personal injury lawsuit will depend on the unique facts of your case, including whether another party can be held at fault for negligence. If you were performing a work-related duty at the time of an accident, our legal team can help you explore your options for compensation by reviewing the individuals details of your situation.

In every case we handle at Montee Law Firm, P.C., our lawyers are intent on handling all the legal complexities for our clients so that they can focus on their recoveries. We then leverage our experience, insight, and resources to pursue the maximum compensation possible. Over the years, our approach and dedication to clients have allowed us to secure more than $250 million in compensation for victims and families.

Learn more about your case and options during a FREE consultation. Contact us today.

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