Do You Have A Third-Party Workplace Claim?
An experienced Columbia SC attorney can help you fight for full compensation
Workers' compensation is essentially a compromise between employers and employees. Employees get compensation for their workplace injuries on a no-fault basis, and in exchange, employers cannot be the target of a personal injury lawsuit filed by an employee. What that means is if you're hurt at work, you can get compensation for your lost wages, medical bills and other expenses associated with your injuries, but you cannot sue your employer for pain and suffering or other costs that are not covered by workers' compensation.
However, that protection only applies to your employer, not to a third party who may have contributed to your injuries. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against that negligent third party in addition to claiming workers' compensation. This is known as a third-party claim - and you need an experienced third-party injury lawyer to help you build a strong case. You need Matthews & Megna.
What types of accidents would qualify for a third-party claim?
Nearly any type of accident imaginable could theoretically happen while you're on the job. Here are some examples of accidents that may involve third-party liability.
- You are injured due to the actions of a contractor or vendor at your workplace
- You are involved in a car accident while driving for work
- You slip and fall at a client's home or office while attending a meeting
- You are injured due to defective equipment in the workplace
Accidents involving third-party liability can be legally complex. The insurance company representing the third party may argue that you were responsible for the accident or try to downplay the extent of your injuries. They may try to deny your claim, arguing that workers' compensation should be all you need. You don't have to take that answer. Whether you were on the job or not, you still have the right to hold that negligent person accountable and get the compensation you need.
With an attorney on your side, you can focus on getting better and returning to work while we move your case forward. We'll handle negotiations with the insurance companies on your behalf and keep you informed every step of the way. Our goal is simple - to get you the full compensation for the cost of your workplace injury.
If you've been hurt at work and you believe a third party was liable, contact us right away. We've been serving workers in Columbia, Darlington and throughout South Carolina for years, and we'd be happy to discuss your legal options. Call (803) 799-1700 for your free consultation.