Can I File a Personal Injury Claim for a Work Injury?
After a work injury, it is important to pursue all your legal options. This includes not only workers’ compensation benefits, but also a potential third-party claim. Many injured workers come to our law firm wondering what happens if their injury was caused not by their employer, but by another party. In this case, a third-party personal injury lawsuit may be an option.
Talk to one of our experienced work injury lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia. For nearly four decades, our attorneys have been helping injured victims seek full and fair compensation. Contact us online to discuss your potential third-party liability claim.
While workers’ compensation benefits help cover medical bills as well as lost wages, they do not take into consideration pain and suffering — which personal injury lawsuits can provide for. Let our skilled legal team go over your work injury case to determine whether a third-party lawsuit is a viable option for your specific situation.
Third-Party (Non-employer) Lawsuits
Most work injury cases involve more than one party. The cause of the injury is not always clear. Sometimes an injury is the fault of a party other than the worker’s employer (a non-employer party). This third party can be held negligent under a personal injury lawsuit.
Common scenarios involving work injuries and third parties include:
- Automobile accidents: A worker is driving while on the job and is involved in an accident with other vehicles, all non-employers.
- Product liability claims: A worker is injured due to a manufacturing or design defect in a tool, machinery or other mechanical product.
- Improper inspections: A worker is injured because a third-party inspection company failed to properly inspect for safety hazards.
- Subcontractors: A construction worker is injured by a subcontractor or an employee of the subcontractor.