Filing Third-Party Work Injury Lawsuits: What Workers Should Know

By Mark T. Flickinger, JD on April 11, 2016

Filing a work injury claimThe legal team at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton has helped countless injury victims in and around Provo in their time of legal need. An injury attorney can help you with your lawsuit, explaining all of your options in full detail so you can make well-informed choices about your legal options.

When it comes to workplace injuries, many people don't realize that they can seek a lawsuit against a third party that caused an accident. These are known as third-party work injuries, which we'd like to go over right now.

About Third-Party Work Injuries

Third-party work injuries essentially refer to injuries sustained at a worksite that are the result of another party's negligence. This means a group or individual outside of your employer or construction company.

Examples of Third-Party Work Injuries

Say that you are working on a building addition to a completed and operating business. During this job, you slip on a floor that is wet and suffer a serious fracture to your ankle. If another company was in charge of keeping the floor dry and free of debris, they may be a liable third party in your case.

Another example to consider involves defective power tools. While using an electrical drill, it may fail or malfunction in such a way that it causes serious injury to the worker using it. The company who manufactured that drill may be liable for the injury sustained.

Finally, say you are driving a bulldozer down the s short stretch of road to a worksite, with fellow workers assisting with this necessary roadwork. If a civilian commuter disregards the warning signs about the roadwork and collides with the bulldozer, that negligent driver may be liable for injuries sustained by the driver and other members of the work crew.

As you can see, there are many different ways that third parties can affect people simply doing their job.

Can You Seek Workers' Compensation as Well as a Third-Party Lawsuit?

Yes.

You will be able to seek workers' compensation as well as file a legal claim against a third party. While you're generally unable to file a suit against your employer, the third-party is not subject to the same legal protections with regard to work injuries.

Why Seek a Third-Party Injury Lawsuit?

While workers' compensation will help cover lost wages and medical bills, they will not cover the physical/emotional pain and suffering associated with the injury. By filing a lawsuit against the third party, you can receive more compensation to cover additional expenses, losses, and challenges you have faced as a result of the injury.

How Our Work Injury Attorneys Can Help You

Work injuries can pose a number of challenges, ones that only skilled attorneys will be able to address properly. By working with a work injury attorney, you will receive ample information about all of your legal options. We can help you with the complexities of the legal process, freeing up your time to focus on recovery and the road ahead.

Speak to the Attorneys of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton

To learn more about third-party work injuries and your legal options, be sure to contact our team of personal injury attorneys today. The legal team at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton are here to help you make smart decisions with regard to legal matters.

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