What is a Third Party Injury Claim?
Third Party liability claim lawsuits are cases that arise out of the underlying Workers’ Compensation claim between an Employee and an Employer but is a Third Party that is being held responsible for causing or contributing to the original accident. They are a second cause of action for the injured worker against an entity that is not the employer such as an individual or company that was the at fault party in the accident. The Third Party claim allows the injured employee to collect benefits over and above those provided by the Workers’ Compensation claim such as full wage reimbursement, past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of normal life as a result of the injury.
When is a Third Party Liability Case Necessary?
Since determining who was to blame for your injury can be complicated, you need a skilled attorney to look at the details of your case and help you determine the right course of action. Unfortunately, since these cases can be complex, there is no simple answer as to what constitutes a third party personal injury case. However, listed below are some of the criteria that often apply to these kinds of lawsuits:
- Workplace injuries caused by unsafe conditions at another location
- Injuries caused by employees of other companies
- Injury sustained while operating a motor vehicle on the job
- Injured on a construction job caused by contractor
- Injury at work from a defective product
Third Party liability claims arise when another individual or company is responsible for your job injury. Since the time to file a Third Party claim is usually different from a Workers’ Compensation claim it is important to contact the Smoler Law Office immediately to have your claim evaluated for a potential recovery under a Third Party claim lawsuit.