Slip-and-falls: third-party claims

There are several ways that people are injured either at work or in the process of doing their job. When this happens, most people think to talk to their employer about filing a workers’ compensation claim, especially if the injury affects their ability to continue to do their job at full capacity. But sometimes, a workers’ comp claim is not the only recourse that the employee has. One of these scenarios includes slip and falls personal injury claims against a third party, which can often be pursued along with a workers’ compensation claim.

What Are Grounds For A Third Party Claim?

Typical slip and fall claims that would only call for a

On behalf of Larisa Mar of Daniella Levi & Associates, P.C. posted in Slip & Fall Accidents on Monday, July 25, 2016.

There are several ways that people are injured either at work or in the process of doing their job. When this happens, most people think to talk to their employer about filing a workers’ compensation claim, especially if the injury affects their ability to continue to do their job at full capacity. But sometimes, a workers’ comp claim is not the only recourse that the employee has. One of these scenarios includes slip and falls personal injury claims against a third party, which can often be pursued along with a workers’ compensation claim.

What Are Grounds For A Third Party Claim?

Typical slip and fall claims that would only call for a workers’ compensation claim are those where the fault of the injury can be traced entirely to the negligence of the employer. For example, they may have failed to inform employees that a floor was being waxed. By filing only a claim against the employer, an employee may receive modified wages while off work, and have their basic medical bills taken care of. It does not include any compensation for pain and suffering.

But when some other party besides the employer has also been negligent, and that negligence contributed to the injury, a slip and fall personal injury claim may be possible. For example, if an outside cleaning company was hired to wax the floor for a special event, such as an annual meeting, and failed to put up appropriate signs indicating the slippery surface, the cleaning company could potentially be named in a third party personal lawsuit.

Other Common Third Party Claims

In order to be hurt on the job, you don’t necessarily need to stay in the office. Several jobs involve leaving the physical location of the job, and a fall could happen at another location which could prompt a lawsuit. A pizza or package delivery surface might slip and fall on an icy sidewalk when they are delivering goods to a private home. A personal injury case could be filed against the homeowners. Someone who inspects buildings could enter a home or business and fall due to unsafe obstacles in the vicinity. Also if you are hired to go into another company’s workspace to do a contracted job, and are injured while doing that job, including a slip and fall, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.

Why Go Beyond Workers’ Comp?

While any of these injuries might qualify for a workers’ compensation claim, these claims might barely scratch the surface to pay for the true expenses of the injury. A broken arm might never function quite the same way again, and some falls could cause back injuries that require years of physical therapy and result in daily pain. These injuries may even reduce a person’s options for other, higher paying jobs in the future and may impede on their overall quality of life.

If you slip and fall in the course of doing your job, having a strong workers’ compensation plan is a great asset, but sometimes it just isn’t enough. A Accident Attorney can help you make a more thorough assessment of your situation so you can decide if a third party may owe you compensation for your injuries as well.

are those where the fault of the injury can be traced entirely to the negligence of the employer. For example, they may have failed to inform employees that a floor was being waxed. By filing only a claim against the employer, an employee may receive modified wages while off work, and have their basic medical bills taken care of. It does not include any compensation for pain and suffering.

But when some other party besides the employer has also been negligent, and that negligence contributed to the injury, a slip and fall personal injury claim may be possible. For example, if an outside cleaning company was hired to wax the floor for a special event, such as an annual meeting, and failed to put up appropriate signs indicating the slippery surface, the cleaning company could potentially be named in a third party personal lawsuit.

Other Common Third Party Claims

In order to be hurt on the job, you don’t necessarily need to stay in the office. Several jobs involve leaving the physical location of the job, and a fall could happen at another location which could prompt a lawsuit. A pizza or package delivery surface might slip and fall on an icy sidewalk when they are delivering goods to a private home. A personal injury case could be filed against the homeowners. Someone who inspects buildings could enter a home or business and fall due to unsafe obstacles in the vicinity. Also if you are hired to go into another company’s workspace to do a contracted job, and are injured while doing that job, including a slip and fall, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.

Why Go Beyond Workers’ Comp?

While any of these injuries might qualify for a workers’ compensation claim, these claims might barely scratch the surface to pay for the true expenses of the injury. A broken arm might never function quite the same way again, and some falls could cause back injuries that require years of physical therapy and result in daily pain. These injuries may even reduce a person’s options for other, higher paying jobs in the future and may impede on their overall quality of life.

If you slip and fall in the course of doing your job, having a strong workers’ compensation plan is a great asset, but sometimes it just isn’t enough. A Accident Attorney can help you make a more thorough assessment of your situation so you can decide if a third party may owe you compensation for your injuries as well.

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