Newport Beach Workplace Injury Lawyer
While work comp is helpful, it’s a simple fact that it doesn’t cover everything. Find out if you could be eligible for a better settlement by discussing your case with a Newport Beach workplace injury lawyer.
After being injured on the job, such as in a construction accident, you could have legal options beyond filing a workers compensation claim. This depends on how you were injured, however, so call our office and speak with a Newport Beach workplace injury lawyer to find out if you have a case.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit vs. Workers Compensation
Workers compensation is in place to pay for your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages after being injured at work. You should always report your accident and file this claim prior to doing anything else. Work comp should then compensate you for a portion of your lost wages within a couple of weeks and begin paying for your medical expenses.
The problem is that workers compensation does not pay for all of your lost income, making it difficult to meet your financial obligations while recovering. It also does not pay for things like accident-related expenses such as the cost of in-home care or transportation. Nor does it pay for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and lost enjoyment of life.
To recover the full extent of what you deserve, you will need to file a personal injury lawsuit with the help of a Newport Beach workplace injury lawyer.
In general, you won’t be able to sue your employer or a coworker. This only becomes a valid option when your employer doesn’t carry work comp insurance or if malice or truly egregious negligence were involved in the accident.
Most personal injury lawsuits for workplace injuries involve suing third parties. For example, you could seek compensation from a company that manufactured faulty safety equipment or a toxic substance. You could also sue any third parties that were present on the jobsite and at least partially responsible. This could include passersby, contractors, and outside drivers.
When you meet with a Newport Beach workplace injury lawyer from our office, we can review what happened and determine who was negligent.
Personal Injury Compensation
By pursuing a personal injury claim, you will be able to receive compensation that is far superior to what’s offered by work comp. The settlement you receive should account for all of your financial losses and non-economic damages.
Your Newport Beach workplace injury lawyer will work closely with you to identify all of your damages and include them in your demand for compensation. These are just a few of the items that you might be eligible to receive compensation for:
- Medical bills not covered by work comp
- The percentage of your lost income not covered by work comp
- Transportation costs
- Funds to retrofit your home to accommodate a disability
- Physical and emotional therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Lost companionship or sexual function
- Decreased overall quality of life
- Punitive damages
Contact a Newport Beach Workplace Accident Lawyer
After a workplace accident, you need to know if you could be eligible for a more comprehensive settlement than what work comp provides. Kohan & Bablove, LLP can investigate your case and help you determine what your next step should be.
To schedule a free consultation with a Newport Beach workplace injury lawyer, give us a call at 1-844-404-2400 or complete the contact form at the bottom of this page.