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Differences Between Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation

Personal Injury Workers' Compensation

  Must prove fault.

  Must only prove injury occurred during the course of employment.

  Handled by the court system.

  Handled by the Workers' Compensation Commission.  Decisions can be appealed to the court system.

  Most lawsuits must be filed within 2 years of the injury.  Some may be filed within 3 years.  Much earlier deadlines may apply.

  Notice of the claim usually must be given within 1 year of the injury.

  Can recover compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, scars, permanent disability, pain and suffering.

  No limits on compensation.

  Can recover compensation only for lost wages (75% of after-tax wages), medical expenses from authorized treaters, permanent disability and scars on the face, head or neck.

  Amount of compensation is limited by statute.

  No compensation for pain and suffering.

  Can treat with any doctor.

  Can treat with any doctor but only medical bills of authorized treaters will be paid.

  If not settled, a trial resolves the entire case.

  If not settled, specific issues are resolved by formal hearings.  Settlements are optional.

  If settled or successful at trial, a single payment is usually made.

  Payments are usually paid weekly or biweekly.

  Settlements are usually paid in a single payment.

  The case must be concluded by settlement, trial or other court action.

  The case may remain open forever.  Neither party is required to settle the case.

  The parties can settle the case on whatever terms they choose.

  All settlements must be approved by the Commissioner.

  Attorneys fees are usually 33 1/3%.

  Attorneys fees are usually 20%.

  Will not reduce Social Security disability payments.   May reduce Social Security disability payments.


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