third party negligence CLaimS
If you are injured by the negligence of another party while on the job, like being injured in a car accident, you have the right to file two legal claims. You can file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer and a third party claim against the negligent person or party (not employed by your company) who caused your injury. You can collect damages from both claims. You should also know that your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company may have a right to recover reimbursement from any third party settlement you make with the at-fault party.
Additional Recovery for Pain and Suffering
Unlike the workers compensation bargain, where you are limited to medical care, two thirds of your weekly wage, and some payment for permanent disability, if you have a claim against a third-party for causing your injury, you have the right to demand payment for pain and suffering and in some cases punitive damages to punish the party who caused your injury. To make sure you receive all of the compensation you deserve, you should work with an experienced workers’ comp injury attorney in this situation.
Workers Compensation Third Party Claims
In addition to car accidents, third party claims may arise if you were hurt at work as the result of faulty or defective equipment, a product defect, a defective tool, or another dangerous product, or if you were injured in a construction accident caused by another contractor, or in an explosion caused by another contractor. These are just some examples of third party claims. At the law firm of Hemmings & Stevens, PLLC, we will determine whether there is some party other than your employer who is responsible for your injury and help you recover the damages you deserve.
Contact a Raleigh Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you have questions about a third party workers’ compensation claim, contact the North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers at Hemmings & Stevens, PLLC today. We offer free initial consultations and work on a contingent fee basis, which means there are no fees unless we make a recovery for you. You can call us at (919) 277.0161 or contact us online.
This article regarding third party claims in North Carolina workers’ compensation cases is for informational purposes only and is not legal or medical advice. You may need to seek the advice of the workers’ compensation lawyers at the law firm of Hemmings & Stevens, PLLC that have experience in these matters, if you have a workers’ compensation claim that has resulted from the negligence of a third party.
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