Under the system of workers' compensation, which provides benefits for injured workers, you cannot sue your employer. One of the benefits of workers' compensation for employers is protection against lawsuits following employee accidents. If a third party caused the accident that resulted in injury, however, then you may be able to file a third-party personal injury lawsuit to recover damages.
Defining who is a third-party and whether you have a personal injury claim can be complicated. It is important to speak with an experienced attorney to learn more about your rights after a workplace accident.
At the Lakewood, Colorado, Law Offices of Robert Paysinger, P.C., we have been helping injured workers to obtain the compensation/money they need. We have experience with cases involving neck injuries, back injuries and other types of scheduled injuries, whole person impairments, and permanent scarring or disfiguration.
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As the injured person, you are deemed the first party. Your employer would be designated as the second party. The third party could be the driver of another vehicle who hit you on the job, a subcontractor on a construction site, or the manufacturer of a defective forklift.
Unlike in workers' compensation, fault must be proven in a third-party claim. If you are successful in a third-party lawsuit, the amount of compensation will likely be much greater than a workers' comp claim. The proceeds from a third-party claim would be used, in part, to pay back the workers' compensation insurer.
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Contact our office today for a free initial consultation and learn more about workers' compensation and personal injury in Colorado. Call 888-769-4035 for immediate assistance or send us an e-mail for a response on the following business day.