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Being injured on the job is a terrible situation, but in most cases there are systems in place to rely to help make the situation easier as the employee recovers. Unfortunately, there are times when a work related injury is not the fault of a fellow employee or the employer. In these cases the work related injury is caused by a third party.
Having legal support is important after any workplace accident, but particularly when the party at fault is not affiliated with your workplace. The Law Offices of John Phebus have experience handling these types of cases so that you can focus on getting better after your accident and we can focus on getting you the money you deserve.
Call a Glendale workplace injury lawyer at (623) 847-7117 and schedule a free consultation to see what we can do for you.
Many people are tempted to take a settlement offer after an accidental injury. The truth is, these settlements are often many times less than what the injury is worth or even what it will take to return to a normal life after an accident. Hiring a lawyer and fighting for what you deserve is the only way to get the amount of money needed to cover the true impact of your injuries.
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When we consider a typical workplace injury it involves two parties, the injured party and the employer. Typically these claims are settled between the two parties and workman’s compensation insurance pays a settlement based on the damages.
However, in cases where an employee is injured because of a third party (neither the worker or the employer) the case becomes entirely different as workman’s compensation is not involved.
For example, if an employee is working at a business that has vendors that bring in merchandise and due to the negligence of one of the vendors that employee is injured, the vendor is now a third party and the case becomes a third party work related injury claim.
Injuries caused by a third party can be just as harmful and devastating as many other workplace accidents. Some of the most common types of third party injuries include:
Slip and Falls – Much like any other type of slip and fall injury, a third party slip and fall injury in the workplace is most often due to the negligence of that third party to maintain proper safety standards. This can be as simple as failing to tie up loose equipment cords, failing to mop up messes or just general neglect of work areas.
Car Accidents – Because third parties often don’t know the rules of the workplace this can often result in automobile accidents due to things like failure to follow procedure, improper parking or just plain bad driving. This can result in severe bodily injury.
Equipment Malfunction – Many times when a third party comes on to the work premises they bring their own equipment to do whatever task they are supposed to do. This unsafe equipment may not be up to the standards of your workplace or may simply be in poor repair, causing it to malfunction, which can injure workers or anyone nearby. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2011, 472 workers were fatally injured after being struck by objects or equipment.
As we’ve explained, third party injuries are not the same as traditional workman’s comp claims, this means the steps you take after your accident as well as the help you have are more important than ever in order to get compensation for your injuries.
The first step is to notify all parties involved. This means calling 911 or emergency services after the accident. You’ll also want to notify your employer so that they can also take action against the third party. Lastly, you’ll want to notify the third party of the accident or the managers of whomever caused the accident.
This ensures that everything is reported promptly and accurately and that details cannot be altered after the fact.
Next you should begin the process of collecting evidence if possible. This can include pictures of the scene, statements from witnesses, descriptions of the conditions of the accident and any reports from police or non-partisan inspectors. These pieces of evidence will help bolster your case when the time comes to go to court.
Afterward, if you haven’t already, you need to visit a medical facility to get treatment for your injuries. Having an ER doctor or family physician treat your for your injuries will not only uncover the full extent of your injuries, which may not be discernible without a doctor’s help, it also provides valuable documentation of our injuries and damages from the accident which will further help your case when the time comes to go to trial.
Lastly, you’ll want to immediately seek legal counsel from one of our Glendale workplace injury attorneys. We will help you know what your case is worth and begin preparing immediately to get you the money to make you whole. We can also defend you against attacks and offers from the third party’s insurance company.
We know dealing with the after effects of a workplace injury can be trying and stressful. That’s why we’re here to help our clients throughout the entire process so that they can focus on getting back to normal. Call (623) 847-7117 or visit our contact us page and fill out our convenient form for a free consultation to see what your case may be worth today!