Understanding Third-Party Workplace Injury Lawsuits
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Oct 05, 2016 in Workers' Compensation
When you get injured at work, you can usually bring a workers’ compensation claim to help pay for medical expenses and lost wages while you recover from your injuries.
However, you might not realize that you may be able to pursue a third-party personal injury claim if your injuries were caused by someone other than your employer.
Third-party injury claims often arise when a third party does maintenance or cleaning at your employer’s premises. For example, if you are the victim of a slip-and-fall accident you may be able to pursue a third-party claim against the cleaning company that did not warn you about the wet floor.
Third-party injury claims are also common at construction sites as they are often maintained by entities other than the employer, especially when the employer is working as a subcontractor on a project. When an entity fails to maintain the premises as it should, and it causes an accident, victims may be able to pursue a third-party claim.
You may also be able to file a third-party claim if you suffered an injury due to the actions of clients or customers.
Can You Sue Your Employer in a Third-Party Claim?
Third-party claims, by nature, involve parties that are not co-workers, supervisors or other representatives of your employer. Usually, employers cannot be sued outside of the workers’ compensation system for work-related injuries.
However, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim if your employer deliberately harmed you or acted in a way that put you in unreasonable danger, such as failing to follow safety protocols.
An experienced workers’ compensation attorney will be able to explain all of your options after a work injury. The skilled Phoeix, AZ workers' compensation lawyers at Phillips Law Group offer a free, no obligation consultation.