Can the same law firm handle multiple claims?

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Updated: 4/13/2007 3:36 pm
An accident can sometimes lead to multiple claims, for example if you're injured in an accident while driving a vehicle at work. In this case, you might have one claim against the driver at fault and a separate workers' compensation claim against your employer. It's probably to your advantage to have the same law firm handle both cases on your behalf. Not only does this reduce the risk of duplication of work, your attorneys will also be familiar with each case and be fully aware of progress. Although the laws differ among states, it's generally possible to file both a workers' compensation suit and suit against the driver at fault. If you receive workers' compensation, this is generally regarded as a lien against the compensation you'll receive from the driver at fault. This practice is called subrogation (sub-row-GAY-shun). The principle of subrogation also applies if you're injured by a product at work. Your attorney can advise you of your rights and options with regard to the types of compensation to which you're entitled. For example, punitive damages aren't allowed in workers' compensation cases, but they're permitted in product-liability cases. For more information, contact an attorney, who can weigh the various legal options available to you and suggest the wisest course of action.

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