Can a third party affect workers’ compensation?

Workers’ compensation is a useful form of monetary compensation to aid employees that are harmed in the workplace after suffering from an accident. If they are injured in a workplace accident, they have the ability to collect workers’ compensation to aid with their medical bills. For these cases, neither the employee or the employer are found responsible for the accident. There is not fault involved in workplace accidents when workers’ compensation is collected. This can help keep the relationship between the employee and the employer civil. The employee will not have to file a lawsuit against their employer to collect damages to aid with their medical bills. Instead, they can simply file for workers’ compensation to collect compensation. When employees collect workers’ compensation, they cannot file a lawsuit against their employer.

Third parties can be involved in workplace accidents. They may have provided some sort of equipment that the employees were using at the time when the accident occurred. If their involvement somehow contributed to the accident that the employee suffered from, they can be held accountable. Employees can file a lawsuit against the third party. Employees are able to collect workers’ compensation in the meantime. However, if they win damages from their lawsuit against the third party, they may have to pay back the workers’ compensation that they previously collected.

What are the benefits that are included?

In order to help those that are injured in the workplace, workers’ compensation is a viable option. This was created to ensure that employees could not get fired right after going through an accident in the workplace that made them no longer able to continue their duties. Through workers’ compensation, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. This compensation may include economic damages can include compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future wages. Individuals who have been injured due to a workplace accident should seek medical attention to make sure they are in good health and to document their injuries. This can prove the extent of the injuries to collect the proper amount of workers’ compensation. Through workers’ compensation, victims of an accident may also be entitled to benefits including medical care, supplemental benefits, social security benefits and death benefits, along with the above cash benefits. If an employee is not able to work anymore, they may be entitled to long-term benefits that can help them sustain their quality of life.

The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.

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