Have you been injured in the workplace? Are you a family member of someone who has been fatally wounded while on the job?
Unfortunately, injuries can potentially occur at a place of employment due to an accident, by a defective product or machine, or by a “third party” injury (i.e., someone who is not employed by your company or by the negligence of someone your employer invited to the work site).
If you have been injured at work, before contacting an insurance company, always contact an attorney first. The law requires that the third party be asked to pay for the injured worker’s medical treatment and other claim expenses. Certainly, the state agency can seek this payment; however, the expert legal team at Herschensohn Law will ensure you get the maximum amount due. Although you cannot sue your employer, with effective legal support from Herschensohn Law, you can sue the third parties who might have caused your injury.
Some examples of third-party circumstances provided by the State of Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries are:
- The driver (not an employee of the worker’s company) of the car that hit the worker;
- The manufacturer of a defective product that injured the worker;
- A property owner who failed to properly maintain a safe workplace;
- An injury that was not the employer, employee, or co-worker’s fault (such as, another contractor on the job site whose negligence caused the worker’s injury); and
- The owner of an animal that bit a worker.
Injuries that happen on the job are always covered by Worker’s Compensation. This coverage is automatic and required for every legitimately employed citizen. There is no question about getting help here, as you are always protected when you are on the job. In some circumstances, however, you might be able to collect more than state-provided Worker’s Compensation. In those cases, you need the expert legal help that Herschensohn Law can provide to collect the money you might be due—and even more.
Herschensohn Law has the knowledge and experience to make sure that people injured on the job—and, in the case of fatally injured persons, their survivors—collect what they are due from third parties. We understand the complexities of the law and have the experience to help our clients realize outstanding settlements and courtroom solutions. Our aggressive, no-holds-barred approach places the responsibility for accidents of any kind in the hands of those who might have caused them. And our strong defense of client rights is coupled with an unparalleled kindness for people who have suffered workplace injuries. If you are injured on the job, contact Herschensohn Law for a free evaluation so that we can assess your case and help you evaluate its merits. We serve King and Pierce counties from our offices in West Seattle, Tacoma, Kenmore, and Kent.