Injured in an Accident at Work Caused By an Independent Third Party?
Kent personal injury lawyer Zach Herschensohn can explain your options
If you’ve suffered a workplace injury or illness caused by someone who isn’t employed by your company, Kent personal injury attorney Zach Herschensohn can help you figure out the best plan of attack to get you maximum compensation. The Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC has obtained millions in settlements and verdicts for injury victims throughout the Seattle metro area and has experience getting real results for injured workers. Find out how an experienced Kent personal injury lawyer can help you. Contact us today for your free consultation.
As long as you’re a legal employee of a company, you’re almost always covered under workers’ compensation if you get injured in a workplace accident. Sometimes, an on-the-job injury can happen in an accident caused by someone who doesn’t work for your company – known as an independent third party – and you may be able to hold them accountable for your damages. While you can still file for workers’ compensation after an accident caused by a third party, you might find that your needs aren’t being fully met by your benefits. That’s when you may also want to pursue a negligence lawsuit against the third party who caused your injury.
Do yourself a favor and talk to a lawyer. Kent personal injury attorney Zach Herschensohn is a tough negotiator who will aggressively and effectively advocate for your best interests. At the same time, he’s also a skilled trial attorney who isn’t afraid to fight for you in the courtroom in front of a judge and jury to get you the compensation you deserve.
When should I pursue a negligence lawsuit against a third party?
If you’re an injured worker who suffered a work-related injury, you can’t sue your employer (in most cases), and your workers’ compensation benefits will only cover a portion of your lost wages and medical expenses. If the negligent actions of a third party were responsible for your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- All your medical expenses
- Lost wages and overtime pay
- Loss of earning capacity
- Replacement services (childcare, housework, etc.)
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Negligence lawsuits against a third party are often complicated. The person or company responsible for your injury may deny doing anything wrong or try to claim the accident was your fault. That’s why it’s critical to get an experienced attorney in your corner to fight for you and protect your rights.
What are common examples of third-party negligence?
A workplace accident caused by an independent third party can result in severe injury, illness, or death. Common scenarios where third-party negligence may apply include:
- You’re injured in a construction accident: Construction sites often have multiple subcontractors from different companies all working in the same place at the same time. If you’re injured in an accident caused by someone working for a different company, you may be able to hold that person liable for your damages through a negligence lawsuit. A subcontractor who gets injured in an accident on a construction site may also have grounds for a negligence lawsuit against the general contractor or the manufacturer of defective equipment.
- You’re injured a car accident while driving on the job: Whether driving is a part of your job description or you’re going to meet up with a potential client, if a negligent driver injures you in a car accident during work time, you should be able to file for worker’s compensation and pursue a negligence lawsuit against the driver who caused the crash.
- You’re injured on unsafe property: If you suffer a workplace injury on property with dangerous work conditions that’s not owned or managed by your employer, you might be able to hold the property owner or manager responsible for your damages.
- You’re injured by a defective product: If you get hurt due to faulty equipment, toxic fumes or by defective machinery, you can pursue a negligence lawsuit against the manufacturer.
Just because you’re eligible for workers’ compensation in these scenarios doesn’t mean you should disregard your legal right to sue an independent third party for negligence. While you’ll have to reimburse any workers’ compensation benefits paid to you when you win your negligence lawsuit, you’ll be able to keep whatever’s left over, including compensation for damages like pain and suffering.
Let Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC protect your rights
No one ever goes to work expecting to get hurt in an accident, but if you suffer a workplace injury caused by someone who doesn’t even work for your company, it can catch you completely off guard. You’re in pain. You can’t work. Your bills are starting to pile up, and your workers’ compensation benefits just aren’t cutting it.
Let our law firm take a look at your case. Kent personal injury attorney Zach Herschensohn can listen to you, answer your questions, lay out your legal options, and give you an honest answer as to whether or not a negligence lawsuit is worth pursuing. Best of all – you don’t pay anything unless we win. That’s because we work for clients on a contingency fee basis. Discover what Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC can do for you. Contact us today for your free consultation.