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I was injured on the job. Should I hire a worker's compensation or a personal injury lawyer?

If you or a loved one has been injured while working on the job, you may be wondering if your case falls under the category of worker's compensation, personal injury, or some combination of the two. Generally, injuries that happen during the course and scope of one's employment are worker's compensation cases. However, if the injury occurred while working in the course of your job duties, and was caused by a third party other than your employer or co-worker, then you could have both a worker's compensation and a personal injury case.

For example, if your job requires you to drive, and you get in a car accident while working where a vehicle owned by a third party causes the crash, then you could have both a personal injury and a worker's compensation claim. In such cases, the personal injury claim can frequently recover much more in money damages than the worker's compensation claim, since personal injury claims have less restrictions and caps than worker's compensation claims.

Other complications can also arise from an on the job injury claim resulting from a third party being at fault that require the knowledge and expertise of a personal injury attorney. In cases that involve both worker's compensation and personal injury aspects, your employer's worker's compensation insurance will be the primary insurance for payment of your medical bills and lost wages if you are unable to work for some period of time. Also, any payments made on your behalf through a worker's compensation claim may result in the worker's compensation carrier having a lien against the monetary recovery in your personal injury case. These are all aspects that require the expertise of an experienced personal injury attorney call an accident lawyer immediately after your injury so that they can handle your claim for you.

At the Law Offices of Stephen K. Miller, we accept wrongful death, personal injury, auto accident and medical malpractice lawsuits on a contingency fee basis anywhere in Florida, or in serious cases, throughout the United States, meaning you would owe us neither legal fees nor costs unless we recover money damage for you thus, there is no up front cost to you for us to handle the case. In addition to wrongful death, personal injury, and medical malpractice cases, our firm also handles lawsuits involving divorce, custody battles, domestic violence injunctions, will and probate matters, and criminal defense cases. Our firm has offices in Gainesville or is available for consultation in Ocala, Chiefland, Lake City, Palatka, Jacksonville, Daytona, Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Orlando, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, and Melbourne.

If you or a family member has been seriously injured or died in an on the job accident, car crash, tire failure crash, DUI accident, bike accident, rollover crash or other incident or as the result of someone else’s negligence or malpractice, contact the Law Offices of Stephen K. Miller for a free phone consultation at (866) 496-8752 or via email at Info@ForYourLaw.com

BY: Stephen K. Miller, Attorney at Law

December 13, 2012
 
 
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