Can I Sue My Employer For A Work Injury?
Suing an individual or business starts with the filing of a lawsuit in the courthouse and later having a jury trial to determine damages and compensation. While Georgia worker’s compensation law does not allow an injured worker to sue their employer for a work injury, you may be allowed to sue a third party.
For information about your legal options following an accident at work, call Skibiel Law at 770-872-4329 or toll free at 877-874-6650. We offer a free consultation. With convenient office locations in Jonesboro and Atlanta, our lawyers serve clients in the Metro Atlanta area and throughout Georgia.
Understanding Your Legal Options
The law that prevents you from suing your employer for a work injury is called the exclusive remedy doctrine. It has been the law in Georgia since 1923 and it prevents an employee from suing their employer, even if the employer or a fellow employee’s negligence or carelessness caused their work injury.
Workers’ compensation laws allow an injured worker to pursue benefits from their employer or their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company. In many cases, an injured employee can recover workers’ compensation benefits even if their injury was caused by their own negligence at work. Payment for medical treatment and weekly income are the primary benefits available to an injured worker following a work accident. Georgia workers’ compensation laws do not provide compensation for pain and suffering.