Workers’ Compensation and Third-Party Claims
Generally, when you are injured on the job, you cannot sue your employer for negligence or for causing your injury. Workers’ compensation benefits substitute for filing legal action in a court. However, if your injuries are due to the negligence of someone who does not work for your same employer, or if your injury is due to faulty equipment that does not belong to your employer, you may have a “third-party” personal injury claim against the at-fault party. It is wise to talk to your lawyer to see if he or she will handle such a case or if you need to talk to a lawyer who handles personal injury claims. If you have questions regarding your workers’ compensation claim or a possible third-party injury claim, please contact Philip Garrow at 541-382-3736.