Can I Get Benefits Beyond Workers’ Comp?
Lafayette On the Job Injury Lawyer Explains Third Party Claims
If you are injured on the job, you are entitled to receive workers’ comp benefits, no matter who is at fault for the injury. Louisiana workers’ comp covers your medical costs and a portion of your lost wages you missed while recovering. However, you may receive additional compensation from a third party if another person not employed by your company was responsible for your accident.
If you sustained an injury at work, then ask our workers’ compensation attorneys if you have a potential third party claim. We offer a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your work injury. You can reach us at (800) 260-3839. Our lawyers will explain how you can receive the maximum amount of recovery you are entitled to under law. We have helped injured Louisiana residents recover after serious accidents since 1996. This includes significant results for individuals and families in Lakes Charles, Sulphur and across Calcasieu Parish.
What is a Third Party Claim?
A third party claim is a lawsuit you file against someone other than your employer for an injury that took place within the scope of your employment. This is a separate personal injury suit from your workers’ comp benefits. Here are some examples:
- While working as a delivery driver, your vehicle is hit by a distracted driver who was on his phone at the time. This driver was not following the rules of the road and, thus, would be responsible for the accident.
- You were refilling the grease fryer in the kitchen when a part broke, causing serious burn injuries. In this case, if the product’s poor design or manufacture caused the injury, then the fryer makers would be responsible.
- You work in an office with security contracted out. A broken security system allows a criminal to break in, and you are a victim of assault. In this case, the security company may have liability.
- While working on a construction project, one of the subcontractors unaffiliated with your direct employer makes a decision that compromises the safety of everyone else. If an accident occurs, then this subcontractor could be liable for the damage.