Can I sue my former employer for an injury due to negligence? 16 Answers as of January 30, 2013While working for my previous employer I was electrocuted on 2 separate occasions by very powerful currents up to about 800v. Both incidents happened because the rooms worked in were covered in pooled water because there was only one drain in the room which they had been repeatedly told by auditors there needed to be more and the electrical cords being strewn all over the floor even though it had been repeatedly suggested that the cords should hang from the ceiling on some sorry of rack system had also been ignored. Lastly on each occurrence no-one seemed to think it was a very big deal and sort of laughed it off and did not tell me to go to the doctor but just to fill out an "incident and loss form". I also did not go to the doctor because I didn’t think it warranted it and I didn’t want to miss work. I did was not let go for this but was laid off later.
Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A. | Paul L. Whitfield
Sounds like your feelings are hurt and you are otherwise ok. What is the problem? If you have a health problem based on the issue go to a doctor and see a worker comp lawyer. Doesn't sound like much based on what you say.
Answer Applies to: North Carolina
Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
Worker's comp covers medical expenses and time out of work. You cannot sue your employer for negligence and damages for "pain and suffering" is not available. If you have a permanent injury, you may be able to get a "schedule award" which is based on a formula depending on the extent of your disability and your rate of pay, offset by payments that you have already received. But you should get some advice as to whether the schedule award is your best option. Depending on your situation, you may be better off getting disability payments and having your medical expenses taken care of. There may be another possibility, if there some party other than your employer who caused the accident, such as a janitorial company or repair service.
Answer Applies to: New York
Law Offices of Charles R. Perry | Charles R. Perry
Your losses for any injury you may have suffered due to your employer's negligence must be pursued in a worker's compensation claim. You may not pursue any such claim in the courts, assuming your employer has paid its worker's compensation insurance. I don't see anything you wrote about your being laid off that would give you a claim against your employer.
Answer Applies to: California
David F. Stoddard | David F. Stoddard
You can file a workers compensation claim against the employer. If someone other than the employer owned the building, or otherwise has some responsibility for the dangerous conditions you describe, then you might be able to sue that person/entity.
Answer Applies to: South Carolina
Lombardi Law Firm | Steve Lombardi
Lawyers can't help people who don't help themselves. You should have gone to the doctor right after it occurred; you should have seen a lawyer at that time. You should have reported it right after it occurred. People fail to do the simplest things, distrust lawyers and then want the lawyers to some how pull a rabbit out of a hat long after they have failed to do everything they should have. See a lawyer.
Answer Applies to: Iowa
Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
Generally speaking, your remedy lies in Workers Compensation. You can make the claim yourself, or you could retain a lawyer skilled in that area of the law. Check your local yellow pages, or call the State Bar of Wisconsin, and ask for the Lawyer Referral and Information Service.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin