Q: Can my wife sue her workplace?
A: Generally the only claim she has for an injury is workers compensation. However if her claim is related to the conditions of employment that may be something that is covered by the law. Suggest she contact a member of the Ohio Assn for Justice who handles Employment issues or Workers Compensation depending on the type of claim you are inquiring about. They bve free consultations.
Your answer depends on the type of injury your wife would be potentially claiming. For injuries that happen in the workplace, or that happen while working, then the workers compensation statute is the sole remedy for potential relief and compensation for her injuries. The workers compensation statute replaces typical remedies that would be available under the common law (for instance, a claim for negligence seeking personal injury damages). If your wife is seeking to sue for something like employment discrimination or breach of contract, then yes, she could file a lawsuit, but would want to talk to a lawyer about the facts and circumstances of what happened first.
Harris & Engler, Attorneys at Law
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