You get hurt at work. You file a workers compensation claim. But that shouldn’t be the end of the story. Workers compensations claims yield significantly less money for injured workers than third-party personal injury claims. A good example appeared in the paper recently.
Rolondo Dudley, 32, suffered a compound fracture on his right leg during a construction accident this past Friday. Dudley was lowered 10 floors by a crane to the Seattle Fire Department medics who waited below. The accident occurred on the construction site of Mirabella, along Fairview Avenue, between Denny Way and John Street.
Workers compensation is not going to pay for the injured worker’s pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. And it will only pay for a portion of his lost wages. If he was injured by someone other than an employee from his own company, he can bring a third party claim against the person who dropped materials on him, the employer of the at-fault employee and likely the general contractor.
For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Workers Compensation.