If a third party is involved in your personal injury case at work, then the circumstances surrounding the case may be different. For workplace injuries, employees may have been using certain products provided by a third party. If this product proves to be defective or cause harm in any way, that party may be held responsible for your accident. Although workers’ compensation cases usually do not involve fault, these cases may allow you to seek liability.
For these cases, you can file a lawsuit against the third party to seek compensation. Other workers’ compensation cases do not allow you to file a lawsuit against your employer. Workers’ compensation was put in place to not only protect employees but also employers. Since this is in place, employees cannot collect workers’ compensation and file a lawsuit against their employer for their accident. However, third party involvement creates a different scenario. If the employee collected workers’ compensation then wins a lawsuit against a third party, they may have to pay back their workers’ compensation.
Why is workers’ compensation beneficial after an accident?
Workers’ compensation was put in place to make sure employees get the help they need after a workplace accident. If you were injured in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to compensation. This compensation can involve economic damages. Damages are forms of compensation through money. Economic damages can include compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future wages. Through this compensation, you will be able to continue living your normal lifestyle without having to worry about financial burdens piling up.
Through workers’ compensation, victims of an accident may also be entitled to benefits including medical care, supplemental benefits, social security benefits and death benefits, along with the above cash benefits. If an employee is not able to work anymore, they may be entitled to long-term benefits that can help them sustain their quality of life. With all these benefits, individuals are able to provide for themselves when they are unable to work. They may not face as serious of a financial situation due to the buildup of medical bills.
Do I qualify for workers’ compensation?
When you are involved in an accident at work, it is important to seek medical attention to receive the medical attention you need and to document your injuries. This will prove to your employer the accident that you sustained and how it has had an impact on your ability to perform your job tasks. It gives evidence to the cause of your injuries and how these injuries can affect your everyday life. No one is at fault when workers’ compensation is collected. If you file for workers’ compensation and receive it, you cannot sue your employer. This recognizes your right to gain workers’ compensation and avoids entering into litigation with your employer.
Our firm understands how serious criminal and personal injury cases are. We are prepared to guide you towards a favorable outcome. If you are in need of experienced legal counsel in New Jersey, please contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze today for any criminal and personal injury matters.