Who is responsible to pay if I was cut at work and required stitches?

I was getting paid in cash. The boss paid for the initial visit on her credit card. However, I got a bill in the mail for the sutures and she is refusing to pay. What do I do?

Asked on October 4, 2014 under Personal Injury, Illinois


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Because they were paying you in cash, it is unlikely they were providing worker's compensation for  you. Without worker's comp, your only option would be to sue your employer for the cost of your medical care (the portion she has not already paid). To win, you'd have to prove in court  that your emplohyer was responsible in some way for your injury, such as by defective tools, defective procedures, etc. If your employer were not responsible for the injury, they would not be liable for your medical costs--liability depends on fault.

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