What's the Difference Between Workers' Compensation and a Lawsuit?

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I was hurt at work in D.C. Can I sue my employer and recover damages for my back injury caused by my company's negligence?

If you're hurt (or killed) at work while you're on the job, you are entitled to workers compensation benefits whether your employer or one of your co-workers caused your injury, whether the accident was your fault, or no matter what caused the accident or injury.  Remember - if someone else caused the accident who didn't work for your company, you can sue that person or the company he worked for.  That's a separate case and we handle those all the time for construction workers, delivery drivers and other workers.

But the law doesn't allow you to sue your employer for damages (as you would in a car accident or pedestrian accident case for example).

Instead, your case is governed by the D.C. Workers Compensation Act (even though your employer was negligent) and you are entitled to the various benefits and protections of the Act.  

I'll warn you up front though - no large employer or insurance company will tell you all the benefits you may be entitled to, so if its a serious injury, call us for more information. 202-393-3320. 

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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