I was crushed by a piece of construction equipment at work and workers compensation doesn’t pay pain and suffering. Right now I’m paraplegic. This all has caused extreme distress. Can I collect workers comp AND personal injury (for pain and suffering)?
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The simple answer to your question is “yes” you can submit both a workers compensation claim and a personal injury claim.
The workers compensation claim is through your employer and while they may not characterize the settlement as “pain and suffering” they should still offer a settlement based upon your rated disability.
In other words, you appear to be permanently disabled and a settlement would be based upon rating your disability (somewhere between 80-100% disabled) and your normal annual salary.
You may also submit a demand for personal injuries based, most likely, on a negligence cause of action. Negligence means that someone owed a duty, they breached the duty, that such breach was the actual and proximate cause of damages and actual damages.
Here, you might assert that your employer was negligent in some way, however given your description it is difficult to provide assistance about whether your employer was, in fact, negligent.
Learn more here: Third-Party Lawsuits and Workers' Comp
The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney.
Best of luck with your claim,
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