All occupations come with some degree of danger. Whether you work on a construction site, in a retail store, or an office, you are at risk of injury. A workplace injury can have lasting effects on your life and career. For most jobs, all safety precautions are taken and employees rarely get hurt, if ever. Unfortunately, it does not take much for one simple factor to be overlooked, leading to serious injury. In most workplaces, workers’ compensation is in place to support the victim of a workplace accident while he or she recovers and, hopefully, gets back to work. In other cases, the damage may be so severe that a person has no choice but to go on disability. If you receive workers’ compensation benefits, you will not be able to take legal action against your employer. If the injury was brought on by the negligence of a third party, you may be entitled to damages. When injured in the workplace, it is important to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney. Trombly & Singer, PLLC has over 30 years of experience helping clients through tough times. Our firm understands what is at stake when your livelihood is on the line. Contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC for a consultation today.
Workers’ compensation was a response to years of injustice. A wealthy employer was free to practically do what they please at the expense of their employees. If an employee was injured, there was practically no way for them to afford the legal fees to prevail against his or her employer. Workers’ Compensation laws are in place to protect employees and employers alike. When an employee files a claim, they are giving up their right to sue the employer in exchange for the compensation they need with no regard to fault and no need to take legal action.
Lawsuits Against a 3rd Party
If you were injured because of someone else’s neglect, you may be entitled to damages. For instance, if you were injured in your office’s building and you can prove that the landlord knew or should have reasonably known about the hazard and did nothing to fix it, you could be entitled to damages. If you were injured on a construction site and your safety equipment was defective, causing your injury, it is important to discuss your case with an attorney because you may have a product liability case. The unifying factor in all of these cases is that if you received compensation through workers’ compensation and you also recover damages from a third party, you may be required to pay back the insurance company for the support you were provided in the interim. You could be subject to a workers’ compensation lien.
Contact a workplace accident attorney
If you are seriously injured because of a third party’s negligence, it is important to consult with an attorney. Our firm has over 30 years of experience helping clients through tough times. Our attorneys are ready to assess your case, guide you through your legal options, and passionately fight for your rights. Contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC.