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3 signs you can file a lawsuit for your workplace injury

If you get hurt at work, you are not alone. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that there were over 40,000 nonfatal work injuries in Kentucky in 2016. You may assume your only course of action in this situation is to file a workers' compensation claim. However, you may be able to get more money to cover the consequences of your workplace injury.

You may have the ability to sue your employer or a third party to get sufficient compensation. Here are some situations in which filing a personal injury lawsuit is a possible course of action.

1. You get hurt because of a toxic substance

Many work environments are home to hazardous chemicals and other materials that may result in serious injuries or illnesses. Examples include:

  • Asbestos
  • Silica
  • Chromium
  • Benzene
  • Radium

These substances may cause immediate injuries, such as poisoning or burns. However, they may also cause long-term complications such as diseases and cancers. If you get hurt in this manner, you may be able to sue the manufacturer of the material.

2. You get hurt because of a defective product

Sometimes the tools, equipment or machinery you use at work is defective. When products you work with are dangerous or fail to work properly, you may be able to hold the manufacturer accountable for your injury. 

3. Your employer causes your injury

You may want to assume the best of the company you work for, but sometimes things are not always as they seem. Sometimes, employers may cause workers to get hurt on purpose. For example, if your manager punches you during an argument, you may be able to sue the company. This is only applicable when your employer intentionally harms you. 

When you suffer from a workplace accident, you will probably pursue workers' compensation. However, you should talk to a personal injury lawyer about the possibility of pursuing a lawsuit as well.

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