A third-party occupational injury lawsuit could help you obtain money for medical bills and lost income, and may include compensation for your pain and suffering, which workers’ compensation does not provide.
A third-party suit against a contractor, vendor, or other non-employer over a workplace injury is like other personal injury lawsuits. You can pursue such legal claims without affecting your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits.
To be successful, a personal injury lawsuit must demonstrate:
- That the defendant (contractor, vendor, etc.) owed a duty of care to you.
- That the duty of care was breached (not met).
- That the breach directly led to your harm or injury.
- That you suffered compensable damages (something you can be paid for).
A subcontractor at a construction site has a duty to ensure the work it does is reasonably safe and adheres to applicable safety regulations and other laws. It may be held liable if it is shown that its actions were negligent or reckless and this caused the accident – such as a scaffold collapse – that caused your injury.
At the Ginarte law firm, we work with teams of construction site experts, engineers, and investigators to determine whether a construction site accident occurred because of a violation of OSHA rules, or other safety standards. When our investigation shows this occurred and can be proven, we move forward with lawsuits on behalf of our injured clients, and we work hard to ensure they get the money they deserve.