Construction accidents often result in serious injuries or death. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) statistics show there were 991 deaths in the construction industry during 2016. In many cases, you cannot file a workplace accident lawsuit against your employer. Surviving family members may also not have this option. You or your family would rely on workers’ compensation benefits. However, there are cases where a claim could be filed against a third party.
Third parties are individuals or businesses who are not your employer. For instance, a third party could be the manufacturer of construction equipment at your worksite. Subcontractors working for other companies could also be an example of a third party. If one of these parties caused your or a loved one’s workplace accident, then you may be able to file a claim for damages.
Third-party claims have advantages over workers’ compensation benefits. With workers’ compensation, you may recover benefits that pay for medical expenses associated with your injury. Unlike workers’ compensation benefits, you can recover pain and suffering damages with a third-party claim. As a result, you may receive much more compensation than you could have obtained with workers’ compensation benefits alone.
Construction sites generally have multiple companies working alongside each other. In addition, construction workers use machinery made by third-party companies. Depending on the circumstances, it could be possible to hold these other parties accountable for a workplace injury or death.
Unfortunately, many people are unaware that third-party claims exist. If you or a loved one were injured in a construction accident, then you should speak with one of the Colorado construction accident attorneys at Lampert & Walsh, LLC to determine your eligibility for filing a third-party claim. Our Denver personal injury law firm offers free consultations.
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