Third-Party Liability

Georgia Workers' Compensation Attorneys Recovering Damages From a Third Party

If you have been injured while on the job, your first option for recovery is through the Georgia workers' compensation program. But, that may not be your only option. When a third party other than your employer contributes to or aggravates an injury you received at work, you may be able to hold them responsible through a lawsuit.

At Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, our Georgia third party liability claim lawyers are exceptional trial attorneys. We have developed a reputation for achieving successful results on behalf of clients injured in a workplace accident. To discuss whether you have a claim against someone other than your employer for an on-the-job accident that resulted in injury, contact our firm today.

Two Claims For One Workplace Incident

If you are injured while on-the-job, your medical expenses are covered by the Georgia worker's compensation system.

You may be able to hold a third party responsible for your injuries, which are often not adequately covered by the workers' compensation system. In addition to worker's compensation, a third-party liability claim allows you to pursue full recovery from the at-fault party, including money damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses and punitive damages through a personal injury lawsuit.

Third-party liability for an on-the-job injury commonly arises in four scenarios:

  • Construction accidents. For example, if you were injured because an electrician left live wires exposed and he or she is a subcontractor, you may have a claim against him or her.
  • Motor vehicle accidents. For example, if you were driving for work to make a delivery and are involved in a motor vehicle accident, you may have a third-party liability claim against the at-fault driver.
  • Defective product accidents. For example, if you were injured by a defective piece of machinery, you may have a claim against the manufacturer and/or designer.

A third-party liability claim - or personal injury lawsuit - against the person or business, but not your employer or co-worker, who caused your on-the-job injury is in addition to your worker's compensation benefits. You do not have to pick one recovery over the other.

Third Party Liability And Wrongful Death

According to 2010 Census data, 4,690 people suffered a fatal accident while working in the United States. Workers between the ages of 45 and 54 were the most likely to be fatally injured on the job as were those who were employed in "transportation and material moving occupations."

Workers compensation attorneys in Atlanta, Columbus and throughout Georgia can help ensure your receive the appropriate death benefits from the workers' compensation system. We work with those lawyers to determine whether you may also have a valid third party claim. Contact us so that we can evaluate whether you may have a third party claim for the injury or death of your loved one while at work.

Contact Butler Wooten & Peak LLP

You know you were injured or that a loved one was killed during a workplace accident, but you may not know if you have a third-party liability claim. At Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, our team will investigate what happened and who is responsible for your injuries. We will tell you if you may be entitled to additional compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death third-party liability lawsuit and, if so, we will aggressively pursue your case.

Contact our firm online or at 800-213-5343 for a free case evaluation.