The workers' compensation system is intended to compensate you for your losses after a work-related injury. But what happens when your employer isn't responsible for the accident that caused your injuries?
Third-Party Injury Claims
In some cases, your injuries may have been caused by a third party — another person or entity not directly associated with your employer. For example, another driver may have caused an accident while you were running an errand for work, or an equipment manufacturer may have created a dangerous piece of equipment. You may be able to file a lawsuit against the responsible person or business.
What If It Was My Fault?
You may feel like your workplace accident was your own fault, but keep in mind that legal fault is a complex issue that can only be properly evaluated by a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. Even if it turns out that you were responsible for the accident, you may still be able to collect certain benefits and compensation.
When In Doubt, Talk To A Lawyer
Don't Leave Your Recovery Up To Chance
If you have questions about who was responsible for your injury, it is always wise to speak with a lawyer. Filing a lawsuit may affect your ability to collect workers' compensation benefits or vice versa. At Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson, L.L.P., in New York City, we will help you develop a plan to maximize the compensation available to you.
The success of your work injury claim could have a lasting impact on your physical and financial health. We encourage you to contact us for a free consultation so we can discuss your options and help you take the next step. Please contact us online or call 646-569-9769 to speak with someone at our midtown Manhattan office.