Texas Third-Party Claims & Workers' Compensation
Filing a Third-Party Claim After Suffering an Injury on the Job
Generally, employees are not allowed to sue their employers for injuries that are covered under workers' compensation.
There are exceptions to this rule, however:
- A worker can sue if the employer has not purchased Workers' Compensation Insurance. Most states, however, do require that employers purchase insurance to cover workplace injuries.
- A worker can sue an employer if his particular illness or injury is not covered under the Workers' Compensation laws of his state. For instance, mental stress trauma that may result from work-related duties may not be covered under the Workers' Compensation statutes of many states. In such cases, employers may not enjoy protection from lawsuits. However, the onus here is on the employee to prove negligence.
- A worker can sue if the injury is a result of the intentionally negligent actions of the employer. For instance, many states now allow personal injury claims to be brought against employers if it can be proved that the employer was aware of the existence of a particular hazard in the workplace, and was aware that it posed a considerable danger to workers' health and safety, but allowed exposure anyway.
Whether or not these factors will apply in your specific case can be determined by an industrial injury attorney working on your behalf. Without experienced legal help, it's prohibitively difficult to quantify an exact claim amount. It's a common mistake, and one with potentially tragic consequences, to make conservative estimates and claims that barely take into account existing medical bills, lost wages, and other benefits.
Besides these, there are the long-term costs of an injury that you have to account for. There may be long-term effects of the injury or illness that require additional medical expenses later, including the need for specialized care and rehabilitation therapy. Because of your injury, it may take much longer to get back to work than you realize, and in the worst case, future employment in your field or others may be out of the question.
Third-Party Liability for Personal Injury
In some instances, parties other than an employer may be held liable for personal injury claims. An example of this is in the construction industry, where there may be more than one company involved in a project, and more than one of these may share liability in the event of an injury.
Responsible parties may include the following:
- Manufacturers of defective equipment or machinery
- Companies that may be involved in the oversight of work
- Architects who may be liable for the defective design of the site
If you have recently been involved in an industrial accident and are looking to file a personal injury claim relating to third party liability, it is in your best interests to contact Arnold & Itkin LLP. We have been able to recover billions of dollars on behalf of our clients. We know what is on the line, and we are prepared to go the distance in our efforts to provide our clients with the high-quality legal assistance that they truly deserve.
Want to know more about how we can help with your personal injury claim? Give us a call today at (888) 493-1629.