A North Dartmouth, MA man received a $475,000 settlement for injuries that occurred while at work. During the course of his employment, he was injured due to the negligence of a co-worker. As a result, he sustained serious injuries to his arm and shoulder, which required surgery to remedy. He called our office and we remained jointly responsible with an experienced trial lawyer, who negotiated this settlement. This became a third party claim.
In Massachusetts, you can go through the Department of Industrial Accidents to get a third party settlement approved in the event that your workers’ compensation claim involved a third party. A third party is a person or entity (other than the employer) who caused or contributed to your work-related injury and/or illness. MGL c. 152, § 15 outlines what Massachusetts law states about the liability of a person other than the insured.
In this client’s case, his company’s workers’ compensation insurance paid benefits and a Lump Sum Settlement because he was injured while on the job. However, another company was on the premises doing remodeling work, which led to the dangerous condition that resulted in this client’s injury. As a result, this company’s insurance provider was also responsible for compensating the injured worker for the injuries stemming from this accident.
This is but one instance where a third party may be liable for a worker’s injuries. However, each legal claim presents unique circumstances. To fully understand all of your legal rights, you should contact a personal injury lawyer to know what is available to you.
Contact a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you were injured during the course of your employment, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages, among other losses. An experienced attorney can also determine if a third party claim should be filed. We work with experienced Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Lawyers and Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Lawyers who can provide you with the best legal help. You can call our firm toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out an online contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.