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Can you sue a former employer for injuries sustained during employment?

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An employee or former employee usually cannot sue an employer for injuries sustained if that employer provides worker's compensation insurance, according to FindLaw. However, an employee can sue for wrongful denial or termination of worker's compensation benefits.

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Employees have a right to sue an employer regardless of worker's compensation benefits in cases of battery, assault, injury caused by fraud, defamation, invasion of privacy or intentional infliction of emotional distress, explains FindLaw. Additionally, if the injuries were not caused directly by an employer and instead a faulty piece of equipment, for example, the employee does have the option of suing the equipment manufacturer or other responsible third party.

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