Generally, employees cannot sue their employers for workplace injuries or occupational diseases if they receive workers’ compensation benefits. However, if a third party contributed to your on-the-job injury or illness, you may have grounds to sue the non-employer party for negligence. Unlike workers’ compensation benefits, which do not provide benefits for pain and suffering, a third-party claim allows injured workers to seek damages for pain and suffering as well as for future lost wages. A workers’ comp claim is separate from a third-party claim. Depending on the particular circumstances surrounding your workplace accident, you may be able to pursue both types of claims.
An experienced DC workers’ comp lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P. can explain your legal rights and determine your best legal options. We fight to ensure injured workers and their families receive the full amount of compensation to which they are entitled. From a recent case where our on-the-job injury lawyer recovered nearly $1 million for a worker injured in a slip and fall accident to a $2.99 million settlement award for an injured deliveryman, we fight for our clients to receive the best available outcome.
What Type of Workplace Injuries Qualify for a Third Party Claim Lawsuit?
Many third party actions involve job-related car accidents. If you sustained injuries in an auto accident while driving for work, you may have a negligence claim against the person who caused the accident.
Other third party claims arise when one worker causes injuries to someone who works for a different company. This tends to occur frequently at construction sites, where employees from different companies work in close proximity while performing potentially dangerous tasks.
Employees hurt by defective tools, machinery or equipment may also have a products liability case against the manufacturer and/or distributor, while employees hurt by medical treatment for a workplace injury or occupational disease may have a medical malpractice claim against a negligent doctor and/or hospital.
If you were injured while working, you should contact our law firm. With six of our attorneys included in Super Lawyers list and five selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© in the field of personal injury law, our attorneys can help workers determine whether they are entitled to benefits from workers’ comp or have third party damages.
Contact Us Today to Determine If You Can File a Third Party Claim
We have been protecting the rights of injured workers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for over 30 years. If you or your loved one has suffered a workplace injury or developed an occupational disease, you can count on a dedicated on-the-job personal injury lawyer at our firm to fight aggressively for the compensation you need and deserve.
We proudly represent injured workers in both workers’ compensation claims and third party actions. To learn more about your legal rights, contact a qualified Washington, D.C. workers’ comp lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P. today for a free initial consultation. Fill out a free online form for our Washington, D.C. office.