Could You Pursue Additional Damages For Your Workplace Injury?
Workers’ compensation benefits are often insufficient to cover the full costs and losses that an injured worker incurs. However, there are other paths to more financial relief that could be possible in your situation.
Third-Party Liability And Workplace Accidents
A personal injury claim, separate from a workers’ compensation claim, can open the door to additional financial resources for an injured worker. Third-party claims are against an individual or business (not your employer) that caused or contributed to a workplace accident. For example, a delivery service vehicle, a subcontractor’s carelessness, an inspector or installer of equipment, or a tool manufacturer may be held responsible.
A lawsuit against a general contractor who failed to follow local, state or federal workplace safety rules at a worksite. Normally, workers’ compensation takes the place of lawsuits against employers but the Stutes case precedent in Washington was a prime example of a general contractor’s liability in certain fact scenarios. This landmark case that I tried and won for a client was against a general contractor who failed to follow local, state or federal workplace safety rules at a worksite.
I Am Ready To Help You After A Workplace Accident
Will workers’ compensation be your main source of financial recovery after an accident on the job or do you also have a valid third-party claim? I am an attorney in Seattle with 40 years’ experience, available to guide you to the best outcome that your case allows.