When you are injured at work by a third-party (person or company) that is not your employer or a coworker, you may have two claims. You may be able to get financial compensation in the form of workers' compensation benefits and from a lawsuit settlement or award from a negligent third party.
From our law offices in Salem, Oregon, the lawyers at Elmer & Brunot, PC, protect and defend residents throughout Northwest Oregon who are injured in their capacity as employees by negligent third parties.
A variety of work accidents may lead to a third-party lawsuit in addition to an employee's Workers' Compensation claim.
For instance, a third-party claim may arise during:
In Oregon, various state agencies, your employer, and its insurance company are all permitted to file lawsuits against the negligent third party who caused your injury. If you fail to pursue a third-party lawsuit, others may file suit in your place.
Once you begin to receive workers' compensation benefits after a work injury, state agencies may ask whether you are going to sue the third party. If you do not respond in a timely manner, you may lose your right to sue that third party.
Deciding when, how and if to file a third-party lawsuit is a decision best made in collaboration with an experienced attorney.
To ensure that all of your rights are protected and every avenue of financial recovery is explored, contact the personal injury lawyers at Elmer & Brunot, PC by calling 503.563.7035 to schedule a free consultation.