Ohio Lawyers Handling Workplace Third-Party Claims
If you were injured at work, seek help from an experienced legal team. This can be a complicated area of the law. If someone other than your employer caused or contributed to the accident, you could have a personal injury claim that could pay benefits in addition to your workers' compensation. We have extensive experience determining if manufacturers, vendors, property owners or other third parties had a role in workplace injuries.
Since 1979, the attorneys of Jeffries, Kube, Forrest & Monteleone Co., L.P.A. have been protecting injured people and families who have lost loved ones in work-related accidents. We understand workers' compensation law and are well prepared to handle any third-party claims.
Contact us to meet with one of our lawyers in a free initial consultation.
What Are Third-Party Claims in Workplace Accidents?
As you may have heard, the workers' compensation system protects employers from lawsuits for work-related injuries except in very rare circumstances. Even if your employer's negligence caused a serious accident, you are generally only able to obtain compensation for your injuries and losses through workers' comp. This is generally the case when a co-worker's negligence caused the injury.
It is a different story if a third party - such as a product manufacturer or vendor, a property owner, or even a client - was responsible for the accident. If you were injured by a defective product, in a car accident while on the job, or on another company's premises, you may have a third-party claim. If you do, it could mean benefits in addition to your workers' comp benefits.
At Jeffries, Kube, Forrest & Monteleone, our attorneys have significant experience handling third-party claims such as:
- Plant accidents involving defective machinery forklifts, tools or other equipment
- Factory explosions
- Slip and fall accidents on a client's premises
- On-the-job car and truck accidents
- Maritime accidents
Working to Maximize Compensation
We often work closely with accident scene reconstructionists, forklift experts, and safety specialists, some of whom have worked for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, to zero-in on the cause of the accident. We carefully review property damage, incident reports, and witness statements to clearly understand if a third party is liable.
We may also work with vocational experts and economists to determine if your injury will threaten your ability to work. With testimony from your doctor, we can outline any need for future surgeries and rehabilitate care. Our detailed approach helps us obtain full and fair compensation for doctor and hospital bills, rehabilitative costs, other medical needs, lost wages and other losses.