Can I Sue a Third Party for My Work-Related Injury?
There are some cases in which you may be able to initiate a claim against a third party in addition to receiving workers’ compensation benefits. While workers’ compensation benefits will cover your medical expenses, a portion of your lost time, and permanent or partial disability benefits, there are cases in which you may seek additional compensation from a third party for pain and suffering. Regardless of the specifics of your case, it is important to seek the counsel of an experienced Illinois personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
When Can I Sue a Third Party for My Work Injury?
- Defective Products – If your injury was caused by a defective product, you may be able to initiate a claim against the product’s manufacturer. This could be a piece of equipment that was defective or failed to work properly. The manufacturer of the equipment may be held liable if it knew of the potential danger and/or if it did not adequately warn the business or its employees of that danger.
- Toxic Substance – If a toxic substance caused your injury, you may be able to bring a toxic tort lawsuit against the substance’s manufacturer or the manufacturer of safety equipment used to handle the substance if that equipment proved ineffective. There are generally two types of toxic injuries: acute injuries and latent injuries. Acute injuries are immediately apparent, and may include chemical burns or chemical poisoning. Latent injuries may take years to become apparent, and can include lung diseases and cancers. Latent injuries tend to be more difficult to prove, but it is still possible to initiate a claim based on them.
- Direct Injury by a Third Party – If someone who is not affiliated with your employer injures you, you may be able to initiate a personal injury claim against the person. For instance, if driving is a part of your job and you are in a collision with someone who runs a red light, you may be able to initiate a personal injury claim against that person.
Contact an Illinois Personal Injury Lawyer With Rubens and Kress
Seeking the help of an experienced Illinois personal injury lawyer is vital, whether you are seeking workers’ compensation benefits or if you are exploring additional legal options. Based in Chicago, Rubens and Kress is a law firm serving residents throughout Illinois. With a record of success and a policy of charging no fee unless you collect, you can be confident that Rubens and Kress will help you get the compensation you deserve.
To explore your legal options with an Illinois personal injury lawyer, contact Rubens and Kress online, at (312) 201-9640, or toll-free at (866) 890-9640.