I lost the tip of my right 5th finger, due to a work place injury. I'm currently on a permanent lay-off. Since this is a permanent impairment due to a work related accident, can I sue for compensation? Who would my suit be against? Any help would be appreciated.
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ANSWER for "Can I Sue for a Work Related Accident?":
If your injury occurred during the course of your employment, this would be considered a Worker's Compensation injury. In those circumstances, you would need to notify your employer of the injury. Typically they have internal methods of dealing with such workplace injuries.
In addition, they have specific doctors that they will want you to see. Many view this as suing your employer, however all employers are required to have insurance covering these situations.
Once the claim has been assessed, they will assign a percentage of disability as a result of the injury. For example, "the injury renders this plaintiff 50% disabled." This determines your compensation and settlement options.
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