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Can I Sue My Employer in Court over a Work-Related Injury?

If you were seriously injured on the job, you may believe that you should sue your employer in court to obtain additional compensation for your pain and suffering from your injury. However, as North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Barry Jennings explains, this may not be an option.

North Carolina workers’ compensation laws limit your ability to sue your employer in civil court if you are injured on the job. Workers’ compensation law was originally designed to provide a direct route for employees who are injured on the job to receive compensation for their medical treatment and lost wages.

The trade off under North Carolina workers’ compensation law is that employers are, generally speaking, not responsible for damages other than those allowed under the workers’ compensation law.

welder using tools with sparks flyingThough North Carolina workers’ compensation law limits a worker’s ability to sue an employer in civil court, there is an exception. Workers who can show that they were injured on the job because their employer’s conduct in causing their injury rose to the level of an intentional act may be able to sue for damages in civil court.

A qualified North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyer can evaluate your case and let you know how the law applies to your particular circumstances and let you know what rights you may have.

North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

If you have questions about whether you can pursue a claim against an employer for an injury, you should consider contacting a North Carolina worker’s compensation lawyer, who can advise you of your legal rights. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 or contact us online for a free evaluation of your case and to find out if one of our North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers may be able to help you get fight for the compensation that you may deserve.