Question about workers comp suit?

Ok…I’ve posted several questions about an accident that I had at work and my boss did NOT have workers comp. I will post it below after these questions. It’s clear that I will need to hired an attorney or file with workers comp who will then go after him themselves. So….I was reading that he could be found negligent for not carrying workers comp. Is this a type of situation to where personal injury attorneys might take the case in a "no win-no pay" type thing? I’m SO BROKE after all of this there’s no way I can afford an attorney. Thank you!

Original post – "I had an accident at work in Colorado late last September and it resulted in me having to have surgery. Bills amounted to over ,000. My employer did NOT have workers comp insurance and he’s required to by law.All he had was basic liability insurance. Also, he just works under his own name. Not incorporated or anything. NOW…the foot is infected and I’m having a second surgery. I feel like I HAVE to pursue him legally now. I just can’t afford this. I talked to workers comp in Colorado and they said that I should file claim with them and they would make him pay what I’m entitled to PLUS another 50% of that total as a penalty for not having workers comp insurance. My question is….could I settle privately with him for a smaller amount? Other than his house, I know he doesn’t the means of paying such an amount but COULD probably do something smaller. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!!!"

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    2 Responses to “Question about workers comp suit?”

    1. Betsy Says:

      I suggest that you talk with an attorney who handles workers compensation cases. Most attorneys don’t charge for an initial consultation. Nevertheless, you should ask about the attorney’s policy when you call for an appointment. You don’t want to be surprised with a bill.

      Ask the attorney if s/he would be interested in the case or if you should let the worker’s comp people handle it. You could also ask the attorney how much it would cost.

    2. glynnis hoschouer Says:

      I had basically the same question a few weeks back. Save yourself some time & go through third and ninth links here;