How are third parties involved in workplace accidents?

Every day we go to work expecting the same daily routine. We wake up, get ready and head out the door to get our job done. For some people, the day may not go as planned. Sometimes individuals are harmed during their workday. This can lead them to file for workers’ compensation. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you may be able to collect workers’ compensation. This can be helpful in securing yourself financially if you are unable to work.

What does workers’ compensation include?

In order to help those that are injured in the workplace, workers’ compensation was put in place. This was to ensure that employees could not get fired right after going through an accident 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.

By collecting workers’ compensation, there is no fault involved in the accident. This means that when employees collect this their employers cannot be blamed for their injuries. If an employee wishes to file a lawsuit against their employer, they may not be able to collect workers’ compensation.

What if a third party was involved in the accident?

When companies are using equipment or products from certain manufacturers, these products may prove to be defective. This can have an impact on the accident that took place. If a third party is involved in your accident, you should seek legal counsel to find out more about how to pursue a case. Although you cannot file a lawsuit against your employer when you collect workers’ compensation, you can file a lawsuit against a third party. However, if you collected workers’ compensation already, you may have to reimburse it if you win a lawsuit and are compensated for your losses.  

The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.