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Did You Know Some Work Comp Cases Involve Multiple Lawsuits?

Steve Wagner

One of the most frequent questions we get about workers’ compensation claims is whether or not an employee can sue an employer for an injury they sustained on the job.

In the state of Indiana, you cannot automatically sue your employer for a work-related injury, as workers’ compensation claims are intended to cover the cost of injuries, as you would in a personal injury case.

However, a very common action in work comp claims is to look for damages that may have been caused by a negligent third party.

What do we mean when we say “third party”?

A third party is simply someone else who may be partially responsible for your work injury, besides your employer. For example:

  • A property owner where you were carrying out work duties. If you had a slip & fall accident, or were injured by off site equipment while still performing your job, the owner of the other property may be liable for damages.
  • A driver who caused an accident while you were operating a work vehicle or working on a construction site.
  • A general contractor working over you if you are working for a subcontractor or another construction company on a work site.

While not every work injury occurs as the result of third party negligence, we do see a fair amount of these cases. And, in cases where someone other than the employer is responsible for the work injury, we will investigate to determine if a 3rd party will be responsible to cover your injuries.

Experienced Work Comp Attorneys

The workers’ compensation attorneys at Wagner Reese have been helping people just like you recover from their work injuries for years. We are accustomed to handling negotiations with employers, and we are used to fighting to recover all the benefits you are entitled to receive.

If you were injured as the result of third party negligence while on the job, you may have more than one lawsuit ahead of you to recover your damages. Contact our workers’ comp attorneys at (888) 204-8440 for a FREE case review.


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