Under Pennsylvania law, you cannot sue your employer for the damages caused by an injury suffered on the job. The tradeoff is that Pennsylvania employees can take advantage of workers’ compensation benefits in order to maintain some financial stability as they recover from the injury. Because workers’ compensation benefits tend to be reliable and relatively easy to procure, many injured workers simply settle for workers’ compensation and do not pursue the matter any further.
The important thing to remember is that just because you cannot sue your employer does not mean that you cannot sue other parties that might be responsible for your injury. This is especially true for employees who work with heavy industrial equipment and machinery. Such machinery can cause severe or even fatal injury in the event of a malfunction. If such a malfunction should occur, you may be able to recover compensation with a personal injury lawsuit.
Of course, you cannot sue a company simply because one of their products malfunctioned and injured you. In order to recover compensation for such an injury, you would likely have to prove that the malfunction was due to negligence on the part of the manufacturer. This means that if the equipment malfunctions in a freak accident and injures you, then there is little legal recourse. But if a design flaw in the machine was directly responsible for the injury, you may be able to take legal action.
If you have suffered an on-the-job injury in Pennsylvania and you believe that your injury was the result of negligence on the part of a third party that is not your employer, please visit our webpage. We can provide you with additional information about your rights in a personal injury case, and help you build a case to recover the compensation you deserve.