If you are hurt at work or in the course of performing job-related duties,
you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, which can provide
you with medical treatment and wage supplementation when injuries prevent
you from working and earning wages. In most work injury and industrial
accident cases, workers’ comp is the only source of compensation,
as the law precludes you from suing your employer or fellow employees,
even if they are responsible for your injuries.
Although workers’ comp is a no-fault insurance system, there are
cases in which injured workers may be entitled to sue a third party responsible
for causing an accident. Examples of these situations may include:
Product Manufacturer – Industrial workers and other workers commonly use machinery or
consumer products in the course of performing their jobs. When a defective
product causes your injuries, you may be able to pursue a
product liability claim against the manufacturer. These claims allege that a manufacturer
defectively designed a product in a way that made it inherently unsafe,
or that it was negligent when constructing a product using poor craftsmanship
or poor quality materials. Negligent manufacturers can be held liable
for your damages, including your non-economic damages and emotional injuries.
Maintenance Companies – In some cases, workers perform their jobs on various worksites
and properties. When the owners of these properties fail to address dangerous
conditions they knew or should have known about, as is their legal duty,
they can be held responsible for harms suffered by victims, including
individuals who were performing work on the premises. These
premises liability claims can involve a number of situations, including wet or slippery floors,
open holes, insufficient lighting, and other dangerous conditions.
Vendors or contractors – When workers perform their jobs with or nearby third party vendors
or contractors, they may have an option to file a personal injury civil
suit against that party if their negligence resulted in causing injuries.
This may happen when vendors or contractors operate trucks, commercial
vehicles, or even forklifts in a negligent manner, and cause accidents.
If you or a loved one were seriously injured on the job, you owe it to
yourself to have an attorney experienced in industrial accidents evaluate
your case to determine if third party negligence is involved. After reviewing
these cases, our legal team at Biren Law Group helps injured workers pursue
civil lawsuits outside of workers’ compensation in order to recover
the compensation they deserve.
To discuss a possible case with a member of our team and learn more about
the legal process ahead,
contact us for a free consultation. Biren Law Group is comprised of award-winning
Los Angeles personal injury lawyers who represent victims throughout Southern