When is a Third-Party Responsible for a Work Injury in Florida?
If you were injured on the job, you may be able to sue a third party (not your employer) for your injuries. Oftentimes, injuries at work have causes that can be attributed to companies or people other than your employer. In those situations, a third party work injury lawsuit may help you recover the money that workers’ comp does not provide.
Attorney David I. Fuchs can help you understand if you can get compensation in a third party work injury lawsuit. Contact us today.
What is a Third Party Work Injury Lawsuit in Florida?
When you’re injured on the job, you often immediately think of workers’ comp. Workers’ comp may cover your medical expenses and some of your wages; however, it will not cover all of your lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other non-economic damages. That’s where a third-party lawsuit can come in.
A third party lawsuit is filed against the person or company that caused or contributed to your injuries on the job. It is someone other than yourself or your employer. If there was a subcontractor on your construction site that failed to comply with proper safety requirements and led to your injuries, then you may be able to sue that subcontractor. Many other third parties can also be involved.
You can recover all of the same damages in a third party lawsuit that you can in any normal personal injury case. That includes losses for past and future medical expenses, or anything workers’ comp is refusing to cover, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.
Who Might Be Responsible for My Injuries in Florida?
On a job site, there may be an array of people who may be responsible for your losses, including:
- A contractor
- The manufacturer of equipment that injured you
- A retailer who failed to issue proper warnings about equipment
- A government entity
- Another worker who interfered with your job
In order to determine all of the parties who may have financial liability in your case, you should speak with a work injury attorney like David I. Fuchs. He will conduct a thorough investigation and get expert witnesses involved, when necessary. Once he determines who is responsible, he will file a lawsuit to join all necessary parties. If you fail to join all necessary parties, your lawsuit could be thrown out or you may not get the total compensation to which you are entitled.
Why Shouldn’t I Just Use Florida Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ comp does not cover all of your expenses. When you file a workers’ comp claim, you’ll likely be left with losses that you have to cover on your own. Don’t let yourself be taken advantage of. If someone other than your employer caused your injuries, contact attorney David I. Fuchs today.