How Will Third Party Claims Affect My Workers’ Compensation Case?
When workers are injured on the job, it is recommended that they immediately file a written accident report and an injury claim with the Ohio Bureau of Workers to open up the possibility that they can receive workers’ compensation. What many injured workers may not be aware of is that they might be entitled to additional damages for their injuries outside of the workers’ compensation system.
Third Party Claims and Additional Compensation
Third party claims are damages filed against a negligent party that contributed to the initial injury. The following examples can provide a better picture of what a third party claim can encompass:
If a worker is injured by a defective piece of equipment or product, depending on the circumstances, it might be possible to bring a products liability suit against the manufacturer of the product.
When toxic chemicals injure workers, or if they suffer from an occupational illness due to their exposure, they might be able to sue the manufacturer of the chemical.
If a worker is injured due to the negligent actions of a third party, you may be able to file a personal injury suit against the person responsible.
Why are Third Party Claims Important?
Third party claims can be significantly higher than compensation received under a traditional workers’ comp claim. Consulting with an attorney will help you figure out how a third party claim would affect your specific case.
The attorneys at Larrimer & Larrimer have spent their careers helping workers receive compensation for injuries sustained on the job. We offer free consultations and are happy to answer questions about your workers’ comp case.
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