Third Party Liability for Workplace Accidents in Georgia
When an accident occurs at work, most employees know that they may be able to file a workers' compensation claim. However, many injured workers are not aware that they could be eligible to seek compensation against parties other than their employer who caused their workplace injuries. This sort of action is called a third party claim and such claims can help to ensure injured workers obtain full compensation for their damages sustained due to a workplace accident.
When an employee is injured at work, it is imperative that they seek the assistance of both a Georgia workers' compensation attorney as well as a personal injury attorney who will consider whether a third party is at fault for the accident. Often, the liability of a third party cannot be established without a thorough investigation.
Third Parties that May be Held Accountable for Your Workplace Injury
Workers' compensation is the exclusive remedy against your employer for any on the job injury, but injured employees should consider whether other individuals can be held liable for their damages. Some parties that could potentially be held responsible for a workplace injury include:
- Manufacturers: Were you injured by a product while at work? Consider whether the manufacturer provided instructions for use of the product and whether the product came with adequate warnings. Your attorney could also help you investigate whether the product was tested sufficiently or approved by a government department.
- Maintenance companies: Did your injuries stem from improper maintenance of the building or equipment? If so, determine who was responsible for maintenance of the injury inflicting item. If a maintenance company is responsible, consider what steps they took to fix the problem, what parts were used in repairs, and whether the maintenance company made employees aware of any ongoing issues.
- Rental companies: If you were injured while driving a rental vehicle or piece of rental equipment, the rental company can be responsible for your injuries. Investigate the rental company's maintenance of the vehicle or equipment along with any knowledge of hazards and whether you were warned as to these potential hazards.
- Other drivers: If you were injured while driving for work and another party was at fault, you should be able to seek compensation from the at fault driver. Consider the circumstances of the crash and insurance coverage issues.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Put Our Over 30 Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!
In the event of a workplace accident, most employees will turn to workers' compensation to seek recovery for their damages. Sometimes, however, injured employees may be able to receive more compensation in a personal injury lawsuit against an at fault third party. If you have been injured in a workplace accident the attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. We have been representing injured employees in workers' compensation and personal injury actions for over thirty years. We accept cases across Georgia and in the Southeast. Prompt action is vital to the success of your personal injury case. As such, do not delay in seeking legal assistance as your time to file a personal injury or workers' compensation claim after your accident is limited.
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