While most work-related injury claims go through workers’ compensation, in some cases, it may be possible to file a third-party injury claim for workplace accidents. A third-party claim typically seeks compensation for damages when a person who is not the victim’s employer caused or contributed to the accident that left the worker injured. This might be the case if you were involved in a car accident while driving for work or if you are injured by a defective product at your workplace.
With more than 35 years of experience, Torem & Associates can help you with your work-related injury case. We understand the complexities involved in these types of claims and have the knowledge, resources, and skills to effectively advocate for you. We strive to hold negligent parties accountable while seeking the maximum compensation you deserve.
Injured in a workplace accident? Call our work injury attorneys in Fresno at (888) 859-4434 for a free consultation.
Understanding Your Right to Compensation
If you are injured in a workplace accident, you may be able to pursue a workers’ compensation claim, regardless of whether or not your employer was at fault. Workers’ compensation covers benefits such as medical bills, temporary and permanent disability, and death benefits. However, filing a workers’ compensation claim is not the same as a civil case. Workers’ compensation does not cover damages, including things like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other non-economic damages.
If you were injured at work or while conducting duties under the scope of your employment and the at-fault party is not your employer or a co-worker, you may be able to file a third-party claim for:
- All medical expenses, including the cost of emergency treatment and ongoing care
- Lost income and/or wages, including future lost earnings
- Pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of life enjoyment, and inconvenience
- Disfigurement, as well as temporary and permanent disability
- Property damage, if any of your own property was damaged in the accident
Essentially, third-party claims allow you to take legal action against negligent parties other than your employer. It is possible to pursue a third-party claim against a co-worker if the co-worker acted in a way that is willfully or grossly negligent, for example, if the co-worker committed assault.
Contact Us Today
If you were injured at work or while working, regardless of the reason, it is important that you speak to an attorney about your options. While the workers’ compensation system does offer the advantage of being a no-fault benefits system, you may be missing out on compensation you are owed from another liable party. In many cases, workers’ compensation is not enough to cover the losses you have sustained and, therefore, this third-party compensation is crucial to your recovery. Our workplace accident lawyers in Fresno can help you determine the best course of action for your unique situation.
Reach out to us today at (888) 859-4434 or submit an online request form for a free case evaluation.