There are many differences between making a claim for injuries sustained in the course of your employment and non-work related personal injuries. Differences in law, procedure, deadlines, the compensation you are entitled to and even where you present your claim.
One of the benefits to a Workers’ Compensation claim is that the process is much faster than that of a non-work related personal injury claim. Within a very short time of your workers’ compensation claim being accepted you can start to receive your out of work benefits and have your medical treatment paid for by the insurance company.
Another advantage is that you do not have to prove fault (negligence) in a workers’ compensation claim. Establishing liability in a personal injury claim is a daunting task and never a guarantee.
One down side to a workers’ compensation claim is that you are not entitled to be compensated for pain and suffering. There is no guarantee, but a personal injury settlement or judgment can be greater than the total benefit in workers’ compensation as damages for pain and suffering can be considered.
Attorney Boufford’s has more than 20 years of experience advising clients in the area of Workers’ Compensation. She will ensure that you receive all the benefits that you are entitled to and maximize each.