Workplace accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, ranging from employee error to unsafe conditions. In some cases, a third party may be responsible for your workplace accident.
When someone other than the employer or employee was responsible for the unsafe condition that led to the accident, you can hold them liable for your injuries. Third parties can include manufacturers when faulty equipment led to your accident or contractors who do not follow safety regulations.
Filing a personal injury claim against a negligent third party
You can claim workers’ compensation benefits while in a case against the negligent third party. Your workers’ compensation claim is separate from that of the third party. The claims process, legal technicalities, and potential damages are different.
First, negligence is a huge factor in personal injury cases. For a valid claim, the third party must have owed you a duty of care, which they breached, causing you harm. Your contribution to the workplace accident also matters in such instances.
It is generally easier to navigate the workers’ compensation process than a personal injury claim. However, you can recover more damages when the third party is liable, such as pain and suffering or a diminished quality of life due to your injuries.
Building a strong case
A third-party claim can be complex and confusing. Dealing with insurance companies and legal teams representing the third party can get overwhelming. In addition, you may be unaware of the damages you are entitled to or the value of your claim.
Therefore, you should consider working with an experienced professional to represent your interests, protect your rights and guide you through it all. Presenting a solid case will significantly increase your chances of getting what you deserve in compensation.