Can you sue your employer for a workplace injury in Georgia?

In almost all cases, you cannot sue your employer for a workplace injury in Georgia. This is because accepting Workers' Compensation means you forfeit the right to sue your employer for a worksite injury. If you've been in a workplace injury in Georgia, your employer's Workers' Compensation program actually provides for the expenses associated with your injury.

Some of the expenses covered by Workers' Compensation include:
 
  • medical expenses;
  • wage reimbursement; and
  • other benefits. 


The downfall here is that Workers' Compensation, after a workplace injury in Georgia, is provided in lieu of filing a lawsuit against your employer. So you may want an Atlanta personal injury attorney on your side to determine whether you're getting a fair offer from your employer's Workers' Compensation program.

Since Workers' Compensation is a form of insurance, the insurance company may try to undervalue your claim to save money. Since you can't sue in return, there are really no legal ramifications for the insurance company or your employer.

After a workplace injury in Georgia, an Atlanta personal injury attorney can analyze your medical records, assess your lost wages and even factor in the effects your injury will have on your long-term health and ability to work. This will help hold your employer and its Workers' Compensation representatives accountable for the full amount of compensation you deserve.

Only in very rare situations can an employee sue an employer for a workplace injury. But you may be able to sue a third party for a workplace injury in Georgia. Team up with your Atlanta personal injury attorney to determine whether either of those situations applies to your case.

Contacting an Atlanta Personal injury attorney

If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a workplace accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law.  To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case.