HANDLING THIRD PARTY CASES
If you are injured in an accident that was caused in whole or in part by someone other than your employer, not only would you be entitled to workers’ compensation from your employer, you may also be entitled to recover substantial damages from the responsible party in what is often called a “third party lawsuit.”
Get Monetary Recovery Beyond Workers’ Compensation
Most California workers are covered by their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. However, workers’ compensation benefits are limited, which is why workers’ compensation is only the beginning of the benefits available to employees who are injured while on the job. If a third party is partially or totally responsible for the injury, a third-party liability claim may be filed by the injured worker against the negligent party.
Firefighters and police officers are often put into hazardous situations; this hazardous environment can lead to serious injuries. If the injuries sustained are a result of a property owner or individual who has acted in violation of the law they may be held liable under California law. If you are facing mounting financial challenges or time away from work, you should talk to an experienced California firefighter injury attorney.
The most common example of a third party case involving a firefighter, paramedic or police officer, occurs in a vehicle collision with a negligent driver. A third party case may also result if any worker is injured as a result of a defective piece of equipment such as a ladder or power tool. This type of third party case is a referred to as a products liability case, which could be filed against the manufacturer of the defective piece of equipment.
As opposed to workers’ compensation claims, a third party case has no statutory limits on the amount of monetary damages an injured worker can receive. In third party cases, a judge or jury determines damages based on the injured worker’s pain and suffering, future loss of earnings, inability to perform non-work activities and the amount of medical expenses. Due to the complex nature of third party cases it is critical that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Having a lawyer who understands how to maximize your benefits will make all the difference in your case.
Police and firefighter injuries include:
- Brain Trauma
- Loss of Limb
- Spinal Injuries
Damages that may be recovered in California personal injury claims include monetary compensation for:
- Medical Expenses
- Physical Pain and Mental Anguish
- Lost Wages or Work Time
- Physical Impairment
- Exemplary Damages
- Wrongful Death