You May Have a Claim in Addition to Workers' Compensation
Were you injured on the job? Did someone other than your employer cause your injury? Were you injured by a dangerous condition at your job site? Were you injured by a motor vehicle? Were you injured by a product — a tool or a piece of equipment? Did a public utility (electricity or gas) cause your injury?
If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, in addition to receiving workers' compensation benefits, you may be entitled to bring a third-party claim. Consult the workers' compensation lawyers at Jacobs & Dow in New Haven, Connecticut, about your workplace accident. We will investigate whether you have a third-party claim.
When someone — not your employer — caused your injuries, that's a potential third party claim.
A third-party claim is a lawsuit filed in civil court, rather than before the workers' compensation commission. The filing of a third-party action does not replace or alter the benefits under workers' compensation. An injured worker can pursue both cases at the same time.
The compensation available in third-party civil cases is different in amount and kind from the limited statutory benefits under the workers' compensation system. Unlike workers' comp, in a third-party action filed in civil court the injured worker can recover compensation for pain and suffering and future lost wages. A successful third-party action can greatly increase the monetary recovery for a person injured on the job.
If you were driving on a public road as a part of your job and you were injured because of someone else's negligence, you may have a third-party claim. If a defective machine or tool or some other product injured you at work, that could be the basis for a third-party claim. Third-party cases often arise at construction sites, where workers employed by different companies perform different and often dangerous tasks in a single location.
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If you have been injured on the job, in a construction accident, an industrial accident, or otherwise hurt in the work place, please call us for a free consultation. We represent injured workers on a contingent fee basis; we only charge a fee if we recover money for the injured worker. Our goal is to maximize our client's recovery, whether in workers' compensation or in a personal injury lawsuit.
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