Workplace Accidents: Getting Injured Never Comes With The Job

When you suffer injuries on the job, you often face expensive medical bills, lost wages during recovery, and even temporary or permanent disability. Many people are aware that they are entitled to file a claim for compensation under the Georgia Workers' Compensation Act. The money does not always cover the physical and financial damage that resulted from a workplace accident. Unfortunately, many people quit here not knowing that they may actually be entitled to more money through a personal injury lawsuit.

Flynn + Peeler + Phillips, LLC, can represent you in a personal injury lawsuit when the negligent actions of a third party caused your workplace accident. With more than 80 years of statewide litigation experience among our four attorneys, we know the courts and the judges. With offices in Albany and Atlanta, our lawyers can quickly begin investigating the scene and preserving vital evidence.

Personal Injury Lawsuits Are Different

Despite common assumption, workers' compensation claims and personal injury lawsuits are two distinct processes. While they both involve on-the-job injuries, there are some very important differences. In a personal injury lawsuit in Georgia:

  • You must prove fault: Someone must have done something wrong. He or she must have been careless or even intentionally negligent in some way.
  • You are entitled to recover for a wider range of damages: These include pain and suffering and hedonic damages such as the loss of enjoyment.
  • You can sue a third party: This includes the driver of a passenger vehicle, subcontractors, manufacturers, property owners and other individuals.
  • You cannot sue your employer: The exclusive remedy law in Georgia requires your employer to provide workers' comp insurance, but it excludes you from being able to bring a lawsuit against your employer.

Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation

Do you believe that the negligent actions of a third party contributed to your workplace accident? Schedule a complimentary appointment with a lawyer at our firm by calling our staff at 229-518-4050 or toll free at 800-646-8799. You can also send us an email, and we will call you.