Work-related injuries that an employee may experience and as a result collect workers’ compensation for raises a very promising inquiry: May an employee collect damages from an accident that is separate and distinct from the workers’ compensation related accident? In other words, can an employee who is already collecting workers’ compensation collect additional damages if involved in another accident that causes further injuries? Complex cases such as these, as well as any further inquiries, should be directed to an experienced Taunton workers’ compensation lawyer who will assist those that are injured to receive the benefits that they deserve.
A Further Look at Workers’ Compensation
Workers’ compensation claims result from an injury that occurs while in a place of employment that leaves one unable to return to work. This is commonly referred to as “within the scope of employment,” as most injuries that occur while one is on the job are covered by workers’ compensation. However, it is likely that a person who is currently receiving workers’ compensation from an employment related injury could be involved in yet another accident. This second accident, though unrelated to the first, would call for an evaluation of the injuries suffered and the damages to be received by the victim. Complications arise when an insurance company reviews the claim for the new injury and, more likely than not, will label those new injuries as an aggravation of the pre-existing injuries.
How Prior Injuries May Affect a Current Personal Injury Claim
It is important to keep in mind that you have a right to fair compensation for any injuries sustained in the course of employment. Aside from the prior injuries that you may receive workers’ compensation for, it can be challenging to receive fair compensation for new injuries that arise. In order to succeed, you must be able to produce evidence that new injuries do indeed exist, and that the new injury was caused while you were performing your duties for work. If this step can be accomplished, the road to fair compensation is one step closer. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney will work through these steps with you in order for you to obtain fair compensation for both past and current work-related injuries.
Contact an Experienced Taunton Workers’ Compensation Lawyer!
If you have been injured at work, you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We work with experienced workers’ compensation lawyers who charge no fees until you receive an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us at 1-508-822-6373 or toll free at 1-800-992-6878. You may also fill out our contact form online.