Men and women who are injured on the job may in certain circumstances have the right to file “third party” cases in the civil courts. If an injury is caused by someone other than a fellow employee or manager, the so-called “third party” may be responsible for general damages (payments in addition to workers’ compensation benefits). Anyone who is seriously hurt at work should look into their potential rights against “third party” defendants.
If you are injured in the workplace, workers’ compensation is not necessarily your only source of compensation, especially if the injury or accident was the result of a third-party entity. The U.S. Secretary of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimate that as many as 4 million people obtain injuries as the result of workplace accidents each year. Annually, more than 4,500 people lose their lives in work-related fatalities.
If these injuries or wrongful deaths occurred as the result of negligence, failure to comply with health, safety, or common industry standards, a third-party claims and workplace liability suit can help you receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and to relieve pain and suffering. The legal team at The Law Offices of Joseph W. Campbell works diligently to ensure our clients’ rights are protected and they are not taken advantage of by employers or the workers’ compensation system.
Hire a Bay Area Workplace Accident Attorney to Help You Receive Compensation
It can be difficult to know where the lines between workers’ compensation and third-party workplace claims begin and end. In many times, they are blurred. It is important that you speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you navigate these complex waters, determine your rights, and pursue any compensation to which you are entitled. If you feel you are the victim of a third-party workplace injury and/or are entitled to a workers’ compensation claim, contact the Law Offices of Joseph W. Campbell so we can review your case and provide legal counsel.
Third Party Liability Claims
In most cases, the law prohibits employees from suing their employers. However, there are third-party accidents in which neither the employer nor the employee are to blame. Examples of this include equipment or mechanical malfunctions, automobile accidents while on the job, product defects, power tool failures, scaffolding collapses, etc. In these cases, manufacturer’s or equipment maintenance contractors may be to blame as the result of warranty breaches or other liability issues.
Premises liability issues can also be to blame for workplace injuries, in which case maintenance crews, landlords, building owners, or homeowner’s associations may carry the blame for an accident. This is a common occurrence in construction site accidents, or when delivery drivers, maintenance crews or janitorial staff are injured while working at another’s place of business.
Contact an Experienced Bay Area Attorney to File Your Third-party and Workplace Liability Claims
Please contact the Law Offices of Joseph W. Campbell so we can review your case and make recommendations. Whether you require representation to file your third-party workplace liability claim, or need assistance getting the compensation you are entitled to from workers’ compensation, our legal team is here for you.