NJ Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Team Law Successfully Represent Injured Clients in Third Party Claims
When you get hurt at work, no matter how or why you were injured, you are entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits to cover medical treatment, replacement pay and, at the end of the case and if a judge deems appropriate, a cash award based on your injuries. By NJ statute, your employer must provide these benefits to you. However, that’s where your employer’s responsibility stops in terms of responsibility for your work-related injury. In almost all situations, employees are not allowed to sue their employers for workplace injuries. Employers have “immunity” from these types of lawsuits.
However, this immunity doesn’t extend to other parties who were involved in causing the accident. Speak to an experienced lawyer at Team Law about your third party case. We will investigate the case and let you know if you have a possible third party claim. Team Law has helped countless people in New Jersey, including Edison, Clark, Jersey City, New Brunswick, West New York, Newark and Orange win compensation for their workplace injuries through third party lawsuits.
What is a Third Party Claim?
Workers’ Compensation benefits cover medical treatment, replacement pay and a cash award at the end of the case if you are left with a permanent injury. Beyond that, an injured worker would have to bring a claim against someone other than their employer to recover further damages. If you or someone you love has been injured in a workplace accident, it’s critical that you contact an experienced and knowledgeable Workers’ Comp lawyer at Team Law.
We will evaluate the circumstances of your on-the-job injury to determine if a claim exists against another party. This is known as a “third party claim.” You may actually be able to hold several other parties responsible for your injury, in addition to your Workers’ Compensation. Injured workers from Union, Essex, Middlesex and Hudson counties have relied on Team Law for decades to protect their rights and help them win compensation for their injuries in third party claims.
Examples of Third Party Claims in New Jersey
When you are injured as part of your normal work duties, you have a right to file for Workers’ Compensation benefits. However, you may often be able to hold another party responsible for you injuries (not your employer and not another employee of the company you are employed by).
- In a workplace accident, someone injured by defective machinery may be able to bring a third party claim against the designer, manufacturer, assembler or seller of the equipment. A good example of this may be if a ladder or scaffold is improperly installed and causes you to fall.
- Construction sites are often occupied by workmen from various trades. An electrician may be working in the same space as a plumber or a painter. If another sub-contractor is responsible for your injury, you may be able to sue that person and/or company for your injuries.
- In a similar scenario, on a construction site, a general contractor is responsible for all the work being done on the site. If you work for a sub-contractor but were injured due to the negligence of the GC, you may be able to bring a third party claim. This is often the case when GCs don’t put proper safety procedures and equipment in place throughout the worksite.
- If you are regularly on the road as part of your job duties and get hit by another vehicle, you may be able to sue the driver of the vehicle that hit you, and/or his company, as a third party claim.
- When you are performing work on someone else’s property, the property owner is responsible for making sure safety precautions are in place. If you get hurt because the property owner failed to maintain a safe work environment for you, you may be able to recover damages in a third party claim.
It’s understandable if you feel overwhelmed about who is responsible for what. After all, you are recovering from your workplace injury. Talk to a knowledgeable lawyer who can help you understand the complex third party claim laws in New Jersey. At Team Law, we are here to help.
Speak to an NJ Workers’ Comp Lawyer Who Regularly Files Third Party Claims
Team Law represents people who have been injured at work because of the negligence of a third party. Our clients in Jersey City, Plainfield, Irvington, Rahway, New Brunswick, Orange, East Orange, Summit, and Westfield consistently refer Team Law to others who have been injured in workplace accidents.
While you can’t sue your employer, there may be others at fault for your accident. We will investigate the accident and advise you about whether you have a third party claim. Contact Team Law today to learn more about how we can hold third parties responsible and get you the compensation you deserve for your workplace injuries.