Did A Third Party (Not Your Employer) Cause Or Contribute To Your Workplace Injury?
Many people are aware that workers’ compensation allows injured workers to get medical care and may replace some lost income after an on-the-job accident or illness. These benefits help many injured workers cope with the losses associated with workplace injuries. However, workers’ compensation does not normally include punitive damages to account for negligence. Only in rare cases can injured workers sue their employers.
A Route To Fuller Recovery After An Accident On The Job
Workers’ comp benefits also do not compensate a worker for pain and suffering. However, many workplace injuries involve negligence by third parties who are not employers of the injured workers. The negligent third parties may include:
- Manufacturers of defective tools and other products used on the job
- Delivery companies, inspectors and other contracted service providers who visit workplaces
- Subcontractors using the same workspace where an employee is injured
- Any person or legal entity that fails to take reasonable precautions to prevent harm to others
What is the best way to determine that a third party caused or contributed to an injury? It typically requires prompt, thorough investigation and expert evaluation of evidence. It is important to gather evidence as soon after an injury as possible because employers normally clean up the scene of an accident right away.
At Helton, Cody & Associates, PLLC, we urge injured workers or their family members to contact us right away after an accident. Locating video surveillance footage and discovering names and contact information of eyewitnesses may be difficult or impossible if investigators wait too long. Once we gather photos, testimonies and other data, we will work closely with respected experts and sift through the facts to identify negligent parties.
What About My Workers’ Comp Claim?
If you have a valid workers’ compensation claim, it can move forward at the normal speed while a third-party negligence investigation is underway. Our law firm can coordinate efforts so as to streamline the process for both and save on duplicate costs for medical records.
The Goal: Maximum Compensation For Your Injuries At Work
Virtually no injured person would choose to go through pain and suffering for the sake of financial enrichment. However, monetary resources can help an injured worker and his or her family to move forward constructively after an injury on the job. Let Helton, Cody & Associates, PLLC, show you how we have earned a reputation for getting the job done for our clients. Call 828-548-2395 or send an email inquiry to schedule a free consultation.