If you were recently injured on the job in Connecticut, you may be wondering what actions you can take to receive compensation.
It is important to know that, if someone other than your employer, yourself or your coworkers is responsible for your injury, your rights do not end with a traditional workers’ compensation claim. You may be able to file a third-party work injury claim in addition to receiving workers’ compensation.
What is a third-party work injury claim?
Unlike a workers’ compensation claim, which can involve you, your employer or your coworkers, a third-party work injury claim is a lawsuit against someone who is neither your employer nor your coworker. Examples of third parties who could be responsible for an injury include contractors, customers, drivers or product manufacturers. You may also be eligible to make a third-party injury claim if your injuries result from someone else’s negligence while on their property for work.
How can I prove that a third party is responsible for my injury?
Third-party injury claims can be tough to prove. Unlike no-fault workers’ compensation claims, third-party work injury claims must demonstrate evidence that a negligent third party is responsible for your injury. If the third party denies involvement in your injury, you may need a thorough investigation to prove your claim.
Understanding what a third-party work injury claim is and how it differs from traditional workers’ compensation may be the difference between receiving fair compensation for your injury or taking on a greater financial burden yourself.