If you have been hurt on the job, you may have been told that you have no right to seek compensation for your injuries and losses except through a workers’ compensation claim. However, there are often third parties — product manufacturers, vendors, suppliers, clients, contractors, subcontractors, etc. — who are responsible for your injuries. If that is the case, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against that company. In cases such as this, it’s important to move quickly, as evidence is often lost and witnesses’ memories fade quickly.
For example, if a defective product you were using at work caused your injury, you may have the right to make a product liability claim. These personal injury claims against responsible parties other than your employer are called “third-party claims.” Compensation you obtain through a third-party personal injury claim is in addition to any benefits you may receive through workers’ compensation.
In today’s fast-paced economy, a great deal of work is contracted to outside vendors, including maintenance, delivery — even office jobs. Many people perform their work on premises other than their employers. General construction contractors may hire a number of different subcontractors, any of whose negligence could injure an employee of another company.
Typical examples of accidents that could involve third-party claims include:
- A factory worker is injured when a third-party vendor operating a forklift at the job site drops a stack of boxes that were poorly loaded
- A delivery driver falls on a negligently maintained staircase at an office building where she is delivering a package
- An office temp is hurt when boxes fall from a high shelf because they weren’t stored properly
- An auto mechanic is hurt by a faulty air compressor
We are experienced trial attorneys protecting people who have been hurt in accidents, and we work tirelessly to hold those at fault responsible. We represent plaintiffs in the following practice areas: