While workers’ compensation coverage exists to provide benefits to employees, it also protects employers from being sued. In most cases, employees trade their ability to take legal action against their employer in exchange for worker’s compensation benefits.

Still, you might be able to file a personal injury claim after an injury at work if you were injured due to the negligence of a third party. For example, if you’re injured in an accident caused by a third-party contractor, or if defective equipment harmed you, you could be eligible to pursue a personal injury claim against the party responsible. In these cases, you may also be entitled to seek benefits from your employer’s workers’ compensation policy.