Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Filing Suit For a Workplace Injury

Workers’ compensation provides for lost wages and medical care for injured workers.

But do people who are hurt at work have any other legal recourse?

In some cases, yes.

Even if an injured worker is collecting workers’ comp benefits, he or she may be able to file suit against a third party who is liable for the workplace injury or illness.

Say for example a worker is hurt while operating a piece of manufacturing equipment that malfunctions. That worker may be able to file a lawsuit against the maker of the faulty equipment.

Ditto if a person is injured while working offsite, say on a construction site owned by someone other than his employer. If there were unsafe working conditions, the property owner could be held liable.

In fact, such legal actions are quite common.

A Texas construction worker who was hurt after a safety lanyard failed is suing the maker of the safety gear, as well as the owner of the property where he was injured.

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