When it comes to obtaining workers' compensation for injuries sustained at work, there can be a lot of details to sort through. Typically, if the injury can be attributed directly to the practice of performing normal work duties while on the job, your case could be fairly straightforward. Unfortunately, many injuries aren't that simple, and if they involve a third party, they could get very complicated. Generally speaking, workers are usually prohibited from filing suit against an employer for any injuries suffered while working on the job -- that's what workers' compensation is designed to cover. However, if you've been injured while at work due to the negligence of a third party, you can file suit against them to receive compensation.
What types of accidents involve third parties?
There can be a wide variety of injuries that would fall under the umbrella of a third-party injury claim. In broad terms, a third party injury can essentially be described as one that is caused by the act of a person other than the employer while working on the job. In the state of Utah, it is possible to receive compensation from your employer in addition to filing suit against the third party, but the details of each case can vary. That said, some common examples of third-party injury claims are:
- A delivery driver is involved in a car accident with a drunk driver while on a daily delivery route.
- A delivery worker who is attacked by a dog or animal while delivering a package.
- A worker that is injured due to faulty or malfunctioning equipment that was supplied by a third party company.