Your right to file a claim for pain and suffering following an on the job injury will depend on the cause of your accident and the circumstances surrounding it. As a general rule, when you file a workers’ compensation claim, you waive your right to take further legal action. However, if your injury was caused by a third party, you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit and seek damages in excess of those covered by workers’ compensation. The best way to establish which in direction you should take your claim is by consulting with an experienced lawyer. The Durham workers’ comp lawyers at White & Stradley can investigate your accident to help you determine the most effective course of action. Personal Injury With a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to seek damages including:
- All related medical expenses
- Current and future lost wages
- Home and lifestyle modifications
- Physical pain
- Emotional duress
By contrast, workers’ compensation benefits generally cover only medical expenses and a portion of your wages during your recovery period. During your free initial consultation with one of our Durham workers’ comp lawyers, we will be happy to discuss all of your options in full. To learn more about your legal rights following an on the job accident, please contact White & Stradley, PLLC today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Durham, North Carolina workers’ comp lawyer.