Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Racine, WI
If you were injured or became ill as a result of work-related activities, it’s important to connect with a workers’ compensation lawyer Racine, WI residents trust before committing to a particular legal strategy. Too often, injured or ill workers assume that they’re eligible for workers’ compensation benefits and workers’ compensation benefits alone. In reality, there are circumstances under which those who have suffered harm while on the job can file both personal injury claims and requests for workers’ compensation benefits. Speaking with a lawyer now will help to ensure that you are awarded any and all compensation to which you are entitled.
When Can I File Both Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury Claims?
The instinct to simply file a workers’ compensation benefits claim and move on is understandable. The vast majority of full-time and part-time employees in Wisconsin and throughout the United States are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits in the event that they suffer physical harm as a result of their work-related activities. Under most circumstances, eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits limits the liability of employers such that workers cannot sue their employers for the harm they’ve suffered while on the job. However, the limited liability that employers enjoy as a result of the ways in which the workers’ compensation system is structured does not extend to third parties. As a result, if a third party contributed to your injury or illness, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim and a personal injury action simultaneously.
Personal injury actions related to occupational injury and illness are often filed against motorists who hit workers traveling as part of their job-related duties and manufacturers of dangerous and defective products. You don’t have to “know for sure” whether a third party contributed to the harm you’re suffering to explore the possibility of filing a third party personal injury action with the assistance of an experienced Racine, WI workers’ compensation lawyer. Sometimes, it takes a little investigation into the circumstances surrounding harm to discern whether a third party played a role in that harm. Our team can help to clarify your options once we learn more about your unique circumstances.
Legal Assistance Is Available
If you’ve suffered a work-related injury or been diagnosed with an occupational illness, avoid making assumptions about your legal options until you’ve spoken with the experienced legal team at Hickey & Turim S.C. Our team is proud to represent the interests of injured and ill workers and we’d be honored to assess your case on your behalf in a confidential, risk-free consultation setting. Once we’ve provided you with personalized guidance about your options, we will do whatever we can to support the informed decisions you ultimately make about those options. If you haven’t already scheduled a consultation with our firm’s Racine, WI workers’ compensation lawyer team, please do so now to learn more; we look forward to speaking with you.