Workers’ Compensation v. Personal Injury: What Is The Difference?

Personal injury lawyer-Samer HabbasYou were involved in an accident and you suffered serious injuries. You have incurred extensive medical costs and other expenses. The responsible party should pay. But should you file a personal injury claim or a workers’ compensation claim? A brief consultation with an experienced Los Angeles accident attorney will guide you as to which type of claim is appropriate in your specific case.

A Personal Injury Claim Is…

A personal injury claim is a claim for injuries that you sustained due to the negligent or reckless conduct of another party. When you file a personal injury claim, you can seek to recover compensation for your medical bills, loss of wages, future earning capacity, pain and suffering, and any other out of pocket expenses associated with your injury.

A Workers’ Compensation Claim Is

A workers’ compensation claim is a claim for injuries that you sustained while at work or during the course of employment. In order to qualify for benefits, you do not need to prove who was at fault in causing your injuries. When you file a workers’ compensation claim, your benefits will be limited to medical expenses, disability payments and retraining benefits.

Filing Both Types of Claims

If you suffered a job-related injury that was caused by the negligence of a party that was not directly related with your employer, your Los Angeles accident attorney may determine that you are entitled to file both a personal injury claim and a workers’ compensation claim. Examples of such situations include:

  • Defective products
  • Car accidents
  • Intentional conduct by the employer, such as wrongful termination and sexual harassment

Call Us Today!

If you have sustained personal injuries, it is in your best to immediately consult with an experienced attorney to determine whether you should file a personal injury claim, workers’ compensation claim, or both.

For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Los Angeles accident attorney Samer Habbas, call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas at (888) 848-5084.

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