Occupational Injuries and Third Party Lawsuits
The workers’ compensation system exists to grant injured workers access to the medical care they need, as well as other benefits such as a partial payment of wages for time missed. In exchange for this, employers are largely shielded from civil litigation. In cases where the accident or injuries can be attributed to the negligence of a third party, however, it may be appropriate to consider filing a lawsuit seeking financial compensation from the party responsible for your injuries.
If you have suffered an injury in the workplace or while performing work-related duties offsite, we can help you fight for the workers’ compensation benefits that you are due as well as any additional financial compensation that might be rightfully yours. Contact the Morehead City workers’ compensation lawyers of Law Office of Sam Scudder at (252) 222-0227 to speak directly with a skilled and experienced attorney about your case.
Third Party Negligence
The following examples describe circumstances when a third party lawsuit may be appropriate following a workplace injury:
- A defective or malfunctioning power tool which causes burns, shocks, amputations, or other injuries
- Negligently constructed premises
- Defective or malfunctioning motor vehicles
- Defective hard hats or other safety equipment
Though an employer is effectively insulated from the threat of litigation as a tradeoff for uncontested workers’ compensation benefits, other entities are not granted the same immunity. While many workplace accidents that occur do not warrant filing a third party lawsuit, it is important that you are aware of your rights and understand the potential advantages of legal action.
To determine whether additional measures may be appropriate in your case in addition to pursuing a workers’ compensation claim, it is best to consult with an attorney. Contact the Morehead City workers’ compensation attorneys of Law Office of Sam Scudder at (252) 222-0227.