Workplace Injury

There is a difference between Workers' Compensation and Negligence. At Dettman Law we work on both aspects of your case.

Can I sue my employer for getting hurt on the job?
When you are injured on the job, you will be able to recover compensation from your employer only through workers’ compensation law. There are some limited circumstances which allow you to file a lawsuit against your employer in civil court including if your employer intentionally hurt you or if your employer has insufficient workers’ compensation insurance, or no workers’ compensation insurance

Can you sue workers compensation for pain and suffering?
In addition to lost wages, reimbursement for medical treatment, and compensation for any permanent impairment, you may be able to sue for pain and suffering and punitive damages. You will not be able to receive any compensation for pain and suffering through worker’s comp, but you can seek a personal injury lawsuit for this item. If you’ve developed a mental or emotional disorder because of your physical work-related injury, you may receive extra compensation.

Can you lose your job while on workers comp?
Most employers will not come right out and tell an employee on workers’ compensation that their workers’ compensation claim is the reason they are being terminated. An employer cannot terminate your employment as retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim.

Can you be fired for suing your employer?
Deciding to sue your employer is never easy, but it is sometimes necessary. If you’ve experienced harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination or a workplace injury, sometimes your only recourse is legal action. You will need a valid legal claim against your employer such as discrimination, harassment, or a negligent workplace injury.

Frequently Asked Questions About Workplace Injury


Negligence at work occurs when a third party owes you a duty. That third party breaches duty and causes damages. If you are hurt on the job you probably have a workers’ compensation claim. A personal injury lawsuit is different. This is when you can sue someone for pain and suffering. You cannot do that …
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You need a lawyer if you are injured at work. The responsible party wants to limit your damages. They do this by not paying you full value. A lawyer can make sure the responsible parties pay. Whether this is a workers’ compensation lawyer or personal injury lawyer depends on the circumstances of your case. A …
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If you are injured at work in Kentucky you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Get the medical treatment you need first. Then do research on lawyers and find one that you like and trust. The statute of limitations on a workplace injury case can be as short as one year. If you …
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You sue your employer for creating a hostile work environment by filing a complaint at the Courthouse. Really a lawyer should do this for you to make sure the Complaint has all of the right elements. If the Complaint lacks the right elements a judge will throw the case out of the courthouse and it …
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There is no set timeframe to report harassment. If you are harassed you should report it right away if you want an accurate records of events. Memories tend to fade. Plus, the longer you wait the less likely the other side is to belive this was a big issue for you. Your response will be …
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Kentucky has a legal theory called exclusive remedy. What it means is that if you are hurt on the job your remedy is a workers’ compensation case. The problem here is that a workers’ compensation case does not allow for pain and suffering. There may be a way around exclusive remedy depending on the facts …
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