In most cases, the answer to this question is no. The workers' compensation system was established as a trade-off in which injured employees give up the right to sue employers in court, in exchange for the right to receive workers' compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault for their injuries.
Most employers are required by law to provide workers' compensation insurance for the benefit of their employees. In exchange for providing that insurance, employers are protected from defending personal injury claims brought by employees in civil actions.
That being said, if you are injured on the job and your employer ignores or refuses to report your on-the-job injury, immediately report it to your local workers' compensation office because it's very important for employers to file injury reports in a timely manner. You should also speak with a workers' comp attorney in your state who can help you start a successful claim.
Additionally, if you feel your employer has retaliated against you because of your claim, then you may have an employment suit on your hands.
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