Third Party Work Accidents
Workplace Accidents With Extenuating Circumstances
When you are at work, you should be safe. In the case of many Oregon workplaces, you are perfectly safe there, due to employers’ increasing emphasis on processes and practices designed to keep you safe. However, your employer can’t control everything — especially not third parties who aren’t meant to be under their control. What if you are injured because of one of these third parties?
If a third-party work accident happens to you, you may have recourse through both workers’ compensation and another area of law called third-party liability. At the Law Offices of Brian R. Whitehead, PC, we work on these specific types of cases for our clients.
How Workers’ Comp Differs From Third-Party Liability
In general, when a person suffers a work-related injury, the only method of recovering compensation is through a workers’ compensation claim. However, under certain circumstances, you may also have a case for third-party liability.
This means when a person is injured by a third party. For instance, if you are injured at work because of a defective product. In this case, you may be able to get compensation both from workers’ compensation and through a products liability claim.
The reason you are able to pursue both is that both hold responsibility for your injury. There is no way to extricate the cause, so both are held responsible.
Speak With A Lawyer Who Understands This Area
Third-party liability cases can be complex, and you need an attorney who understands both workers’ compensation and other personal injury areas like products liability. To speak with our team, call our Salem office at 503-967-8233 or reach out through our online contact form.