Determining Third Party Liability In Work Injury Cases
Typically, in a workers’ compensation case, two parties are involved: the injured worker and his or her employer. Because workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” system, it does not matter how an injury was sustained — the injured party is eligible for benefits. In contrast, personal injury litigation requires demonstration of negligence for damage. As such, a “third-party” claim can arise when a worker is injured by someone who is not an employee of the company for which he or she works.
If, for example, a driver is injured while driving for work he or she may pursue a third-party case if the injury was sustained due to the negligence of an unaffiliated driver. In practice, this means that he or she not only has all the benefits of workers’ compensation, but can also bring a claim against the other driver to recover pain, suffering and loss of future economic damage.
These two systems interact, however. If one pursues a third-party claim without understanding how it will affect his or her workers’ compensation benefits, he or she may open the door to disaster. As such, it is crucial to partner with an experienced legal team.
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