What Is A Third-Party Liability Suit?
Were you injured on the job by someone other than your co-worker or employer? If someone else is responsible for the injuries you got on the job, you may have a right to file a third-party liability lawsuit. However, recovery amounts and policies are complex. The risk of getting your claim returned for errors is high without the help of an experienced lawyer.
If there is a third party involved in your workers’ compensation claim, our firm can represent you in either District or Superior court. Third-party claims may be made against parties such as:
- Contractors — Job sites often have more than one company on a site
- Property owners — Owners of the property, if not your employer
- Tool manufacturers — Defective tools, dangerous tools
- Motor vehicle operators — Another company’s forklift drivers, delivery truck drivers
At Casartello & Murphy, LLC, our compassionate and knowledgeable team will work with you to pursue the maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries.
What Happens To My Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
A third-party claim is subject to the workers’ comp insurer or health insurance company liens on the award. Injured workers are not allowed to get paid twice for medical bills. But what happens when workers’ compensation does not cover all your injury costs?
Workers’ compensation benefits only pay up to 60 percent of your gross average weekly wages for temporary total incapacity for up to 156 weeks. A third-party liability suit can pursue other compensation, including:
- Damages for pain and suffering
- Full lost wages
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
Our law firm has decades of experience helping injured workers and we can help you pursue the compensation you need after a workplace injury.
Contact Us Right Away To Explore Your Options After A Work Injury
A third-party liability suit is complex and must be filed within a limited time. At Casartello & Murphy, LLC, our attorneys can help you gather the records you need to file a third-party liability claim. Contact us via email or call our office in Springfield at 413-351-0915 for your free consultation.