Third Party Workers’ Compensation Claims
What Are Third Party Workers’ Compensation Claims?
If you are injured on the job, your employer is required to provide workers’ compensation benefits for your medical bills and lost wages, but you typically cannot sue your employer for additional compensation. However, you may have a third-party workers’ compensation lawsuit if someone other than your employer or a coworker caused your injuries. If you are injured as a result of your employer’s criminal conduct or gross negligence, you may still be able to sue your employer for your injuries and this would be different than a third party claim.
While workers’ compensation provides certain benefits to injured workers, it does not provide compensation for damages like pain and suffering. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to sue a third party for damages caused by your injuries. These situations may include:
Defective product or machinery
If you have been injured because of a defective or malfunctioning product, you may be able to bring a products liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of that product.
You were injured by a third party
If you were performing your regular duties but your injuries were caused by someone outside of the company, you may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against that person. For example, if you were driving while on the job and sustained injuries from a car accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your damages from the driver who caused the accident or his or her insurance company.
We Can Help
If you have been injured at work, we can assess your case and help to determine if you have a third-party workers compensation claim or other viable claim. We are ready to fight for your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve. We serve clients in Marion, Polk, Linn counties and Salem/Keizer and surrounding areas. Contact us to schedule a free consultation today!