The Importance Of Third-Party Injury Claims
It can be hard to know who to trust and where to go for legal counsel after an injury at work. While workers’ compensation is supposed to pay for lost wages and medical care, you may have difficulties accessing what you deserve to have. If someone other than your employer bears some responsibility for your injury, you may also need to file a third-party claim to get the compensation you need for your recovery.
The law firm of Katz, Leidman, Freund & Herman in New York City has a combined 50 years of legal experience litigating both workers’ compensation cases and third-party injury lawsuits. We are a family firm that helps guide clients through the legal compensation process with personalized attention from our attorneys. When you need to file a third-party lawsuit in addition to your workers’ compensation claim, we will stand by your side and help you get through this.
What Is A Third-Party Claim?
A third-party injury claim can be an essential part of your overall work injury compensation approach. This type of claim does not sue your employer, but it sues the party that is at fault for your work injury. For example, say you are a construction worker that was injured because of another worker’s mistake on the job. Our firm can help you file a third-party claim against that person for future medical costs and lost income, as well as your pain and suffering. A family member can file a wrongful death claim for a worker killed in a fatal job accident due to someone else’s negligence.
Some of the negligent parties that may be involved in a third-party claim include:
- The manufacturers of faulty equipment
- The manufacturers of toxic substances
- Motorists involved in accidents on the job
- Property owners who did not maintain a safe environment
- Contractors, maintenance workers and other people who might share the space in which you work
Workers’ compensation and third-party claims both exist because they serve different purposes. Our state’s workers’ compensation program is designed to pay for medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages on a short-term basis. This state-mandated and employer-funded insurance does not allow an employee to sue their direct employer for work injuries, only to receive workers’ compensation for their losses. A third-party claim provides compensation for long-term medical expenses, lost wages, and disability or wrongful death.
When you work with us to craft a workers’ compensation claim after your injury, we would gladly assist you with this case. We can help you negotiate in both claims so that you receive a full and fair amount to assist you with your medical costs, compensate you for your suffering and ensure that your future financial stability is secure.
Choose An Experienced Leader In Injury Law
Katz, Leidman, Freund & Herman has the experience, dedication and agility to form a legal strategy for your situation that may use approaches to compensation. Give us a call at 888-250-5427 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.