When you’ve been hurt on the job and are unable to return to work due to your injury, it can be a frightening and uncertain time. At Trammell Piazza Law Firm, we’re here to help guide you through the benefits available to you and explore all possible compensation avenues.

Workers’ compensation is often the first line of financial support for employees who are injured at work. Depending on the severity and permanency of your disability, you may be entitled to disability income. Workers’ compensation can cover your medical bills and provide some income while you cannot work. However, it’s important to understand that workers’ compensation benefits are often limited and may not fully cover all your expenses or adequately compensate you for your pain and suffering.

In addition to workers’ compensation, there may be another path to seek compensation: a third-party claim. Unlike workers’ compensation claims, which are filed against your employer, third-party claims are filed against another entity that may have contributed to your injury. This could be a manufacturer, a contractor, or another vendor present at your workplace.

Let’s look at some real-world examples to illustrate how third-party liability works. Suppose you’re working on an assembly line, and there’s a machine that processes materials. If that machine lacks proper safety devices or guards, and as a result, you get injured—say, you lose an arm—there could be a significant case against the manufacturer of that machine. Your injury occurred because the machine didn’t have the necessary safety features that should have been in place.

Another scenario could involve an accident caused by flying debris. If you’re walking through your plant and a piece of metal flies through the air and hits you, causing severe injuries like brain damage or loss of eyesight, the manufacturer of the faulty machine that allowed the debris to escape could be held liable. In this case, safety guards should have been present to prevent such accidents, and their absence points to negligence.

You might also encounter negligence from other parties, such as truck drivers who fail to follow safety procedures when delivering goods to your plant. If you fall from a truck and suffer a severe injury because the driver didn’t follow the proper protocols, there could be a case against the trucking company or driver.

Construction sites are another common area where third-party claims can arise. If you’re working as a contractor on a building and are injured due to a defect in the building that was unknown to you, you might have a claim against the building’s owner or the company that built it. These defects could include structural issues that weren’t properly addressed, leading to your accident and injuries.

These examples highlight the complexities and potential for substantial recovery in workplace injury cases involving third-party claims. Workers’ compensation alone may not fully compensate you for the losses and suffering you’ve endured. That’s why consulting with an experienced law firm like Trammell Piazza Law Firm is crucial.

Our expertise lies in identifying all possible avenues for compensation. We thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your injury to determine if a negligent third party played a role. This comprehensive approach ensures that we can pursue all available claims to maximize your recovery and ensure you receive the full compensation you deserve.

Reaching out to a lawyer sooner rather than later is essential. Deadlines and statutes of limitations often affect your ability to file a claim. For example, in some states, you only have one year from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit. Missing these deadlines can prevent you from pursuing your case entirely.

Additionally, evidence can disappear, and crucial details can be forgotten or lost over time. Early legal consultation ensures that all evidence is properly documented and preserved, strengthening your case.

If you’ve been injured at work, don’t navigate this challenging time alone. Contact Trammell Piazza Law Firm to discuss your case and explore all your options. Our team is dedicated to helping you understand your rights and will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a consultation, and let us help you on the road to recovery.