When you get injured at work, the obvious move is to file for workers’ compensation. However, there are some situations in which you may want to file what is known as a third-party personal injury claim. If another party contributed to your accident and helped to cause your injuries, then they should be held accountable as well. A Queens third party negligence attorney from our firm can help you with that.
When Can I File a Third-Party Personal Injury Claim?
You can file a third-party personal injury claim when you suffer a work injury, but your employer is not the only one at fault. If you are traveling for work and get into a car accident due to the actions of a negligent driver, you may be able to file a third-party claim against them. If you visit a client’s facility and get hurt due to an unsafe walkway, then you may be able to sue them for compensation.
Essentially, if you were hurt on the job and someone other than your employer contributed to that, then filing a third-party personal injury claim is a step that you can consider.
Can I Win a Larger Settlement By Filing a Personal Injury Claim?
One thing that’s important to know is that workers’ compensation covers only economic damages. Matters like pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment are not considered when you file for workers’ comp, but they are considered in a personal injury claim. That could allow you to win damages that you would not have secured through the workers’ compensation process.
Can I Still Receive Workers’ Compensation if I File a Third-Party Personal Injury Claim?
You can win workers’ compensation and win damages through a personal injury claim. You should be aware that your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer may try to claw back some money if you win both claims though. This prevents someone from getting paid for something like medical expenses twice. An attorney can explain how this works to you if it applies to your claims.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help Me With My Case?
You are not required to hire a personal injury attorney when pursuing damages, but one can help you with many different aspects of your case. The workers’ compensation system can be tough to navigate sometimes, and there is always the chance of rejection. An injury claim requires you to prove negligence and that can be difficult. Having an experienced attorney on your side can make it easier and less stressful to fight for your compensation.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Whether you need help with your workers’ compensation claim or you decide to file a third-party personal injury claim, we’re ready to assist you. Contact the Law Offices of George Poulos and schedule your consultation. We can help you explore all of your legal options.