Workers’ Compensation: Why it is Difficult to Sue Over a Workplace Injury

In Pennsylvania, industrial accidents are more common than many people realize. Sadly, it is all too easy for accidents to occur, especially if someone in your workplace is careless or negligent. Furthermore, if there are unaddressed hazards in your work environment, or you have not been supplied with adequate safety equipment, you could be at risk of serious injuries or worse.

Fortunately, even if you are injured at work, you are likely to be covered by workers’ compensation laws. As such, you may be able to recover a portion of your lost wages, along with money toward any medical expenses related to the accident.

As this article on employment law explains, it is usually not possible to sue your employer over a workplace accident. This is because workers’ compensation coverage is meant to protect employers just as much as workers. You can still make a claim, but it operates on a no-fault system, meaning that your employer is not personally liable. However, there are certain cases that are exempt from these rules.

If your employer is found to have intentionally caused the harm you experienced, then you might be able to sue them. This is known as an intentional tort and also covers matters such as defamation and invasion of privacy.

Whatever the case, if you have come to harm at work, either through the actions of another person or simply an unfortunate accident, you deserve to have your case heard. An attorney can advise you about the best steps to take in order to get the most out of your claim. He or she may also be able to support you through the legal process as you pursue the justice and remuneration you are owed.

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