If you’ve been injured on the job in Missouri, chances are you’ve filed a Missouri workers’ compensation claim. While in some cases, this is the only legal remedy available for occupational injuries, there are exceptions. Workers’ compensation laws prevent you from suing your employer, or a co-worker, for an injury obtained while at work. However, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against a third-party whose negligence contributed to your being injured on the job.
Third-party work injury claims can potentially be filed against a number of parties, depending on the specific situation. For example, a delivery person may be able to sue the owner of a property where they were bitten by a dog. However, product liability cases are the most common type of third-party workers’ compensation lawsuit.
If you were injured by a defective or malfunctioning product while at work, you may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the parties that were responsible for the manufacturing or distribution of the product. For example, if a piece of factory equipment failed to work properly, causing your injury, you could be entitled to damages from the machine’s manufacturer, and the manufacturers of those components that contributed to the machine’s malfunction. In some cases, you may also be able to hold the wholesaler, distributor, or retailer, partially responsible for your work injury.
Missouri’s workers’ compensation and personal injury laws are complicated, and it’s not always clear which parties could be held liable for an on-the-job injury in Missouri. A knowledgeable St. Louis third-party claim attorney such as Chris Dixon can review the details of your situation to identify all potentially liable parties. Occupational injuries can be severe, and even those that aren’t can have a long-lasting impact. Chris Dixon can make sure that you receive everything you’re entitled to, from all responsible parties. This could include payments for future medical costs and lost wages.
In Missouri, filing a third party lawsuit in a workers’ compensation claim doesn’t affect any compensation that you receive through the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation. This means that you could be entitled to money for your medical bills through the workers’ compensation system, and still receive additional compensation by filing a Missouri personal injury lawsuit against a third party. Workers’ compensation may not cover the entire amount of your lost earnings, and does not cover things like emotional distress or pain and suffering. Thus, if you think a third-party could be liable for your work injury, it’s important to contact a St. Louis work comp attorney who has experience handling cases in the workplace.