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Are you suing your employer to get workers compensation?No.
This is a common misconception about workers compensation and is a reason some injured workers don't seek assistance when they are injured on the job. It's important to understand: by receiving workers compensation you are not suing your place of employment.
Employers pay for insurance on their employees. When injuries occur, the employers insurance pays for and medical injuries that may be sustained. Employers pay this insurance because it prevents employees from suing them.
Depending on the situation you could still sue your employer if, for example, the working conditions were unsafe and your employer knew but did not tell you. In this situation, you would actually be suing them for a Personal Injury Claim. Not Workers Compensation. Speak with an attorney about your specific circumstance when determining if this is the right path for you.
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