If you have suffered an injury on the job, you are probably already aware of your rights under the Kentucky workers' compensation system, which is intended to cover some of your lost income while paying related medical expenses until you're cleared to return to work.

Many injured workers are not aware that they might also have the right to file a lawsuit for negligence for personal injury damages for an injury on the job. You can't sue your employer or a co-worker, but if the negligence of anyone else played a role in your injury, you'll find that it's worth your while to discuss your legal options with a personal injury lawyer.

Call (800) 337-4002 for an attorney's advice about work accidents

Contact the law firm of Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C., at any of our three Kentucky offices to learn about your rights in the aftermath of an injury on the job. Motor vehicle accidents while driving on the job are an example of a work-related injury that will allow a personal injury lawsuit against a third party defendant while your workers' compensation case is proceeding, but there are other situations as well:

  • Construction accidents caused by the negligence of a property owner, materials supplier or other subcontractor
  • Road crew injuries caused by negligent drivers passing through the construction zone
  • Mine site accidents involving product failure, motor vehicle accidents or logging injuries
  • Home installation or repair accidents
  • Electrocution or explosion due to the negligence of a property owner or equipment manufacturer

What's the benefit of a personal injury claim for an injury on the job?

If you have been injured at work due to the negligence of someone other than your employer, you should file a personal injury lawsuit. The reason is that personal injury damages cover a wider range of losses than workers' compensation benefits.

In a personal injury case, you have the right to recover for pain and suffering and all of your past and future wage benefits without being limited by workers' compensation. At the law firm of Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C., our lawyers have extensive experience with the review and evaluation of injuries on the job, and we can give you an honest opinion as to your ability to recover personal injury damages in a workplace accident.

For additional information and a free consultation about your right to compensation for an injury on the job, contact us in Pikeville, Hazard, Lexington or Louisville.