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Third-Party Liability Claims for Workplace Accidents in Ohio
If you’ve been injured on the job and believe that a third party may be responsible, the Ohio work injury lawyers at KNR can help with the entire legal process.
You may believe that workers’ compensation is the only financial resource you have to pay for your losses. This may not be the case because, in addition to a workers’ compensation claim, you may also have a valid third-party claim.
Since work injuries and third-party liability are common, it’s important to consult a highly skilled work-injury attorney from Kisling, Nestico, & Redick to determine whether you can sue a third party for compensation.
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What are Third-Party Work Injury Claims?
In work injury situations, third-party claims refer to lawsuits against non-employers who are responsible for injuries that occur at work. While workers’ compensation may cover your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages and loss in earning capacity, a third-party claim can provide you with a settlement to pay for other losses such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and a decrease in enjoyment of life.
Unlike workers’ compensation claims, where the law dictates the amount of compensation you receive, settlements in third-party claims are determined by the value of your claim.
Examples of Third-Party Work Injury Claims
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we work with many clients who have been injured on the job and are able to sue a third party because the other party is at least partially responsible for their injury. Several examples of third-party claims include:
- A claim against the manufacturer of a defective vehicle, machine, or tool that hurt you while you were working
- A claim against a negligent driver in a car accident that injured you while you were on the road for work
- A claim against a landlord who failed to keep their premises safe and free of hazards, causing you to injure yourself while on the job
- A claim against an outside vendor or contractor who was performing work on your job site and hurt you
- A claim against the owner of a dog who attacked you while you were working
- A claim against a co-worker whose actions of assault led to your injury at work
Common Work Accidents that Lead to Third-Party Claims
Third-party injury claims can happen in virtually any industry and involve a wide variety of situations and outside individuals, including:
- Car accidents: People must drive as part of their job for any number of reasons. If you’re in a car wreck and the other driver is at fault, you can file a workers’ comp claim and pursue a third-party claim against the other driver’s insurance.
- Slip and falls: If your job involves onsite or in-home visits, a slip and fall injury on another’s property may be covered under Ohio premises liability law. This may entitle you to additional compensation for your losses.
- Premises liability: If someone other than your employer was responsible for maintaining the property where a hazardous condition caused you to be injured, you might be able to sue the owner or their insurance company. This can apply to broken stairs, faulty elevators, dog attacks, and other obvious hazards.
- Defective equipment: If the equipment you used as part of your job was defective in some way and led to your injuries, a third-party claim against the manufacturer, designer, or retailer may allow you to recover compensation outside of workers ‘comp.
- Chemical exposure: Whether it involves toxic fumes, lead paint, asbestos, mercury, or other noxious materials, a third party can be responsible for endangering workers in any number of ways.
- Subcontractors: Construction and other job sites frequently have subcontractors and outside parties performing various tasks related to your job function. If they were negligent or reckless, they and their employer’s insurance can be held liable.
How to Establish Third-Party Liability
In workers’ compensation claims, it is not necessary to prove negligence to collect workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, meaning it doesn’t matter if your employer’s negligent acts prompted your work injury. It was designed to protect employers from costly and time-consuming lawsuits. If your goal is to receive these benefits, you simply have to prove that you were injured on the job.
However, to recover a settlement in a third-party claim, you must use evidence and testimony to demonstrate that an accident did occur, the third-party that caused the accident was unreasonable or failed to take reasonable action, and your injury was serious enough for you to be eligible for compensation, and your injuries were caused by the accident.
Why Hire a Work Injury Attorney At KNR
If you’ve been injured on the job and believe that a third party may be responsible, Kisling, Nestico & Redick is an invaluable resource.
Our attorneys have extensive experience handling workers’ compensation claims and third-party claims to ensure our clients secure the maximum compensation to which they may be entitled. We can establish third-party liability and ensure all your rights are protected.
Since establishing third-party liability is challenging, it’s vital to contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick if you think the negligent actions of a third party contributed to your work injury. We have work injury attorneys in offices all around Ohio, including Cleveland, Columbus, Akron, and many more.