Because all states require that employers carry workers’ compensation insurance that covers the medical bills and lost wages for employees who are hurt at work, employees, in general, cannot sue their employers for work-related injuries. This is designed to be a no-fault system that keeps both employers and employees out of court. However, there are some exceptions to this general rule, and it’s smart to understand them when you’ve been hurt at work as they can result in a much larger compensation settlement for your injuries.
All employers must provide a reasonably safe work environment that does not jeopardize the health of their employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), part of the United States Department of Labor, outlines the standards and regulations for a safe workplace in nearly all industries. When these standards are violated, an employer can be found negligent. A workers’ compensation attorney can help the employee prove that an employer’s negligence was the cause of a work-related injury.
Unfortunately, there are occasions in which an employer may have intentionally caused harm to an employee. When this occurs and results in injury, an employee can file a civil lawsuit for intentional tort. An assault at work or bad conduct on the part of an employer that leads to an employee injury may be grounds for such a lawsuit. Spreading false information about an employee that hurts his or her reputation may be grounds for a slander lawsuit. Any fraud or misinformation that is given to an employee that results in injury or harm may also be reason to file a lawsuit.
Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
If you have been injured at work or have been denied workers’ compensation benefits, do not take chances. Take the first step towards recovering the benefits you deserve. Schedule an appointment with a work injury attorney in Saint Louis Park or Hennepin County, Minnesota by calling Thill and Freeman at (952) 512-7512 today.