Restaurant Accidents and Personal Injury Law
The caveat to the robust California workers’ compensation requirements is that you cannot sue your employer if you get hurt. Workers’ compensation protects you from having to pay your medical bills, and it protects the employer from being sued directly. However, there are some situations in which a personal injury case may be appropriate.
If a third party such as a coworker or vendor was responsible for your injury, you may be able to seek damages from them in a personal injury claim. The settlement from this claim can help you to financially recover from time off work, lost future wages, and more that workers’ compensation can’t cover.
Personal injury claims rely upon an individual acting negligently. For example, if your coworker was drinking alcohol on the job and burned you with a pan, they were acting negligently by working while under the influence. Therefore, they could be held liable through a personal injury claim.
Personal injury claims may also be appropriate if someone acted maliciously to harm you. For example, if a disgruntled customer sticks their foot out and trips you, a personal injury claim would allow you to seek damages from them for purposefully hurting you.
If a person besides your employer was involved in your accident, it is worth exploring a personal injury case. You can gain significant financial support from these cases, and the extra compensation is often crucial for those who are healing from an injury.