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Workers in Pennsylvania are generally prohibited from suing employers that they collect workers’ compensation from. However, people who suffer injuries in the workplace may be able to file lawsuits against additional negligent third parties. Some examples of third parties include, but are not limited to:
The severity of workplace injuries depends on the nature of the accident. An isolated incident can result in broken bones, stress fractures, spinal cord injuries, or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Repeated exposure to dangerous chemicals or duties performed in certain positions or with regular motions can result in repetitive stress disorders (RSDs) such as tendinitis or bursitis. Third parties may directly cause or contribute to these injuries.
A third party is liable if a person suffers a workplace injury that is caused by the negligence of a party other than the worker or the employer. A third party may be entirely responsible for the injury or it could be partially responsible. The injured worker can be entitled to file a lawsuit against the negligent third party in addition to his or her workers’ compensation claim.
Any third party that damages are sought from will often deny responsibility. The individual or company may claim that dangerous products were not properly used, but more often than not third parties assign blame to someone else. Insurance companies for the third parties will often conduct their own investigation and claim that the employer or even the injured worker was responsible for the injuries.
Securing financial recovery after an accident on the job can be extremely complicated, but the West Chester workplace injury attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices work as a team to get as much compensation as possible for victims from all possible negligent parties. Additionally, our firm provides these legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we do not charge any fees for our representation unless we obtain monetary awards for the victims.
You can let our workplace injury lawyers review your case during a free consultation by calling (610) 719-3190 today. We help injured workers throughout Chester County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, Lancaster County, and Philadelphia County.