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Work Site Injuries

You probably filed a workers’ compensation claim if you were hurt on the job. But sometimes, a third party is also responsible, and you can file a personal injury lawsuit.

It might not be clear at first glance if a third-party lawsuit applies to your case. At Ladenburg Law, we’d like to hear what happened and determine who may be responsible for your injuries.

When can I file a personal injury lawsuit for my worksite injuries?

If you get hurt on the job, you can file a workers’ compensation claim for your medical bills and lost wages. Washington is a “no fault” state which means you don’t have to prove your employer did anything wrong. In Washington state, you can file a workers’ compensation claim with the Department of Labor & Industries.

On occasion, a third party’s negligence might have caused your worksite injury. This is where our attorneys can come in to help you. It’s possible you can file a lawsuit against the third party in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.

Who is a third party and what is a third-party lawsuit?

A third party is anyone other than you, your employer, or a coworker. For instance, a third party might be a contractor, vendor, supplier, or client.

If the third party is at least partly responsible for you getting hurt, you may be able to pursue a lawsuit.

Consider these hypothetical examples:

  • A vendor creates a hazardous spill at your place of work, causing you to slip and fall.
  • You get hurt on a piece of equipment at a construction site that a supplier provided.
  • A property owner where your employer rents space failed to address a mold problem that made you sick.

These examples show how workplace injuries can be complicated. There may be more than one party responsible for your injuries. As with any personal injury lawsuit, you must be able to prove that the party’s negligence directly resulted in your injuries.

What kind of compensation can I receive for my worksite injury?

There are several factors that impact the compensation you can receive. For instance, these might include: the severity of your injuries, your ability to return to work, and insurance policy terms.

Some of the compensation we’re able to recover for past clients has included:

  • Medical costs
  • Short- and long-term disability
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Funeral costsĀ 

The sooner we can get involved, the better chance we have for obtaining the best possible settlement.

How will a Washington third-party injury attorney help me?

Third-party injury lawsuits are complex and require skilled attorneys who understand Washington State law. Our attorneys at Ladenburg Law have successfully handled very challenging workplace injury cases.

Here’s how we can help you:

  • Explain your legal options in plain language.
  • Gather key evidence, reports, and witnesses to build your case.
  • Meet you at your home or hospital if you’re unable to come to the office.
  • Argue your case before a judge, jury, or other attorneys as needed.

At Ladenburg Law, we only collect a fee if we’re able to win you a settlement. Let us help take some of the burden off your plate so you can heal and return to work. Call us today at 253.272.5226 for a no-fee, no-obligation consultation.

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