Third Party Injury Claims
In Georgia, workers who are injured at their job cannot pursue a personal injury lawsuit or claim against their employer. Workers’ compensation is available to pay benefits for most on-the-job injuries, but monetary benefits are limited and may not recover the full amount of income lost due to an injury. In some circumstances, an injured worker may be eligible to seek additional compensation for work-related injuries with a third-party injury claim.
What Is a Work-Related Third-Party Injury?
When an employee is injured while performing their work duties, workers’ comp is almost always an option to pay for medical care and some lost wage benefits. However, when a third party is involved in the work-related injury accident, the employee may be able to pursue compensation from the third party in addition to their workers’ comp benefits. Some examples of a third-party involvement in a work-related accident include:
- At-fault drivers in an injury vehicle accident. If you are injured in a vehicle accident when performing work duties, you may be eligible to receive compensation from the at-fault driver.
- Independent contractors. If an independent contractor is involved in causing your work injury, they may be partially liable for damages.
- Defective or dangerous products. A work vehicle that causes an accident due to defective brakes or other components is an example of possible third-party liability.
- Premises liability. If you are injured while performing your job on a third party’s property, they may be liable if the accident was caused by unsafe circumstances.
Since workers’ comp benefits are limited, it is important to have an attorney who will look at all possible options for you to receive compensation for work-related injuries. If you are seriously injured on the job, it is in your best interest to seek legal advice regarding your options. Contact Dwayne L. Brown in Atlanta to schedule a free consultation if you have sustained a serious work injury. You may be eligible to receive workers’ comp benefits and pursue a third-party claim for your injuries.