If you have been hurt at work you have probably been told that you need to file a claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits. There is a common misconception that if you’re injured at work your only recourse is to file a Workers’ Comp claim. While you must file a Workers’ Compensation claim if you’re injured at work, that may not be the only way you can collect money for your injury.
In some cases, there may be a third party that is liable for your injuries and you may file both a Workers’ Comp claim and sue the third party. This is common in many industries where there are workers from many different employees working at the same location.
For example, a construction site has many sub-contractors working at the same time. It is not uncommon for an accident to occur where a truck being driven by one sub-contractor hits an employee of another sub-contractor. In that situation, the injured worker may file both a worker’s comp claim and sue the third party.
Other examples are when a worker is injured while using a defective product or is involved in a motor vehicle accident with a third party on city streets or highways. There are many examples of when an injured may be able to collect for their injury from a third party and they are too numerous to list here. What’s important is that if you or a loved one are injured at work, that you call an attorney who understands third party recovery and not rely solely on your workers’ compensation attorney to file a third party lawsuit on your behalf. They may not always see or understand that there are others who may be responsible for your injury.
Depending on the severity of the injury, the injured worker may actually receive more in compensation from the third party then they would receive solely from the worker’s compensation carrier.
If you have any questions regarding your workplace injury, please call for a free consultation at 1-84-INJURYLAW (1-844-658-7952)