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Personal injury suits for workplace injuries

Many employers take all sorts of precautions in an attempt to protect employees from harm. Some of these precautions are mandated by state and federal workplace safety agencies -- like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration -- while others are just common sense. Despite these precautions, however, workplace accidents still continue to occur in Pennsylvania. Many workers are injured each year because something goes wrong at work.

These workers are left to deal with the physical pain from their injuries and the financial burdens that arise from treatment. A work injury can result in large medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs and more. Many workers will turn to workers' compensation to receive compensation for these injuries. However, others may want to pursue a personal injury suit.

In many cases, people are barred from suing an employer for workplace injuries by workers' compensation laws. A no-fault system exists where workers' compensation is awarded with no regard for fault.

However, there are exceptions to this rule. Specifically, if a person suffers intentional harm at work, then the person may have the right to bring a personal injury suit. Common intentional claims include assault and battery, fraud, defamation and false imprisonment.

It may also be possible to bring a personal injury suit for a workplace injury when a third party is responsible for the accident. In these cases, the suit is brought against the responsible party and not the employer.

When Pennsylvania residents is injured at work, it is important that they are aware of their options. There are situations where a personal injury suit may be applicable, but often a workers' compensation claim is necessary. An attorney can help workers understand these options and what is best for them.

Source: FindLaw, "Workers' Compensation: Can I Sue My Employer Instead?," Accessed on October 8, 2015

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