Can a third party be involved in a workplace accident?

Workplace accidents can have harmful consequences. Employees may suffer from injuries that make them unable to carry out their tasks as a worker. If they are unable to work, they may wish to collect workers’ compensation. By collecting workers’ compensation, they are unable to blame their employer for their accident in the workplace. Workers’ compensation benefits employees and employers because neither of them are blamed for the accident that occurred. Employees are not able to file a lawsuit against their employer and collect workers’ compensation simultaneously. If a third party is involved in the accident, they may be held accountable for their injuries. The third party is not the employer, therefore, a lawsuit can be filed against them and the employee can collect workers’ compensation. However, if the employee wins a case against them, they may have to pay back their collected workers’ compensation. The third party could have supplied a tool or item that was used during the accident that proved to be defective. This can contribute to a workplace accident where an employee is injured.

What does workers’ compensation include?

In order to help those that are injured in the workplace, workers’ compensation was put in place. This ensures that employees cannot get fired right after going through an accident that made them no longer able to continue their duties. Through workers’ compensation, you may be entitled to monetary compensation that may include economic damages. These damages can include compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future wages.

Individuals who have been injured due to a workplace accident should seek medical attention to make sure they are in good health and to document their injuries. This can prove the extent of the injuries to collect the proper amount of workers’ compensation. Through workers’ compensation, victims of an accident may also be entitled to benefits including medical care, supplemental benefits, social security benefits and death benefits, along with the above cash benefits. If an employee is not able to work anymore, they may be entitled to long-term benefits that can help them sustain their quality of life.

MW&M is comprised of an experienced team of attorneys focusing on legal matters of personal injury, workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, product liability, and wrongful death in Delaware. If you require an effective attorney to guide you through these difficult legal matters, contact MW&M today to schedule a free case evaluation.