What Can You Recover in a Kentucky Third-Party Claim?
A third-party claim is a type of lawsuit that happens if a worker is injured while at work by something that is related to the job but not under the purview of the employer. This is a central part of the work we do at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC.
As attorneys who have extensive experience in Kentucky workers’ compensation claims as well as third-party claims and personal injury claims, we understand the full scope of which benefits and what compensation is potentially available to you. We understand the coordination that must be adhered to in order to have a successful case.
How Third-Party Claims Work
Anytime you are hurt using a tool, product or device that malfunctions or is defective, you may have a product liability claim. This falls under personal injury in the legal world. Strict liability claims are fairly straightforward. The manufacturer is liable if it is proved that there was a defect in the product and that is what caused the injury.
If you are using that tool as part of your job while you are at work and the injury is severe, you may have BOTH a workers’ compensation claim AND a third-party claim. Similarly, if you are driving a company vehicle and are in an accident caused by another driver, you may have both types of claims.
While workers’ compensation claims typically cover your most basic losses, such as lost wages and medical costs, a third-party claim can cover noneconomic losses which can result in significantly more financial compensation. For example, a third-party claim can cover pain and suffering, mental anguish, or even punitive damages.
What Types of Claim and Compensation Are Available? Find Out.
With over 100 years of combined legal experience in Kentucky, we are ready to put our extensive experience to work for you. Every situation is unique. This is why we work closely with you to ensure that your specific needs are met and every one of your questions answered. Get a free consultation to find out what is available given your situation. Call 859-788-7600 or send us an email at the firm. Offices in London and Lexington.