When a worker suffers injuries at work or during a work-related event, they may collect damages for their injuries. The workers’ compensation framework often limits an injury victim’s ability to file a claim against their employer. Unlike Washington D.C. personal injury claims, workers’ compensation law does not require the claimant to establish their employer’s fault. However, recovery through the workers’ compensation program may not cover the extent of a worker’s losses. An attorney can help injury victims determine whether a third-party lawsuit provides a viable route to relief in those situations.
Third-party liability refers to situations where an entity separate from the employer causes a workplace incident. In most situations, a victim cannot file a third-party lawsuit against a supervisor or worker. However, these claims may be appropriate in cases such as those involving:
- Manufacturing defects;
- Negligent drivers who cause car accidents to a worker on the job; or
- Visitors who cause injuries to the employee.
For instance, local news reports recently described a workplace incident at a Home Depot. According to reports, a forklift fell on its side, pinning a 43-year-old man underneath the machine. Tragically, the man succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the accident. According to an initial investigation, detectives believe the forklift fell while the man was operating the machine to unload a delivery. After hearing the crash and observing the man pinned under the forklift, the delivery truck driver alerted first responders.
After accidents like this, an attorney can help injury victims or their surviving loved ones recover compensation against the at-fault entity. A Washington D.C. accident lawyer can assist by:
- Investigating the accident;
- Identifying all responsible parties;
- Calculating all damages;
- Interviewing witnesses and family members;
- Handling ancillary matters;
- Engaging in insurance negotiations
- Filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit; and
- Litigating any necessary matters.
A workers’ compensation claim only covers medical costs, some occupational illnesses, and funeral expenses. In contrast, damages after a successful third-party accident lawsuit typically include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, future medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment and property damage. Generally, Washington D.C. law requires that injury victims file their personal injury lawsuit within the three-year statute of limitations. It is critical that injury victims contact an attorney as soon as possible after an accident to avoid dismissal.
Have You Suffered Injuries at Your Washington D.C. Workplace?
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries or died because of another’s negligence, contact the Washington D.C. injury lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen. The personal injury attorneys at our office provide clients with respect, compassion, and individualized attention directed at the client’s goals. We represent clients in various matters, including those stemming from Washington D.C. auto accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability, dog bites, product liability, and medical malpractice. We have secured over $65 million for our clients for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Contact our team at 800-654-1949 to schedule a free and no-obligation consultation with a Washington D.C accident lawyer.