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Can I sue my employer for a work injury?

There is an old saying in American jurisprudence that anyone can sue almost anyone for almost anything. The more important question is: would my suit be successful?

Workers’ compensation is sometimes called the “grand bargain.” This is the case because employers provide no fault benefits to injured workers and by doing this, they are granted immunity from lawsuits. You cannot successfully sue your employer if you sustain an injury that arose out of and occurred in the course of your employment; your exclusive remedy is workers’ compensation. Some states allow lawsuits against employers under certain very limited egregious circumstances. These circumstances are few and far between. The general and almost universal rule is employers are immune from suit if an employee is injured at work and the employer has workers’ compensation coverage. Learn how workers’ compensation settlements work and the benefits you are entitled to here.

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