When A Work Injury Is Caused By A Third Party

Even if your employer is negligent and created unsafe working conditions that caused your injury, workers' compensation law bars you from filing a traditional personal injury lawsuit. While this may seem unfair, this rule actually benefits both employers and their employees, as employers are shielded from extensive liability and employees receive the money they need much faster than going through a long litigation process (including likely appeals).

That being said, many workplace accidents are caused by people who do not work for your employer. Examples of third-party negligence include:

  • A company that sold or manufactured a dangerous product, or supplied a dangerous product with insufficient warnings.
  • A distracted or reckless driver whose negligent acts caused you to suffer injuries during the course of your employment.
  • Another contractor's employees. Construction site jobs often include multiple contractors who do not work for the same employer. For example, site owners or general contractors may be liable for creating a hazardous condition.

Holding Negligent Third Parties Accountable

In cases where a third party may be negligent in contributing to or causing your injuries, our experienced personal injury and workers' compensation lawyers take action to file a personal injury claim. We work hard to protect your rights throughout the legal process and, at all times, remain focused on your best interests and goals.

Contact an attorney at our Chesterton law office today by calling 888-901-COMP (2667) or get in touch with us online. We offer free initial phone consultations and represent clients throughout northern and northwest Indiana including the communities of Gary, Michigan City and Hammond.