In many cases, construction workers who are injured on the job only receive workers compensation benefits. But rarely does this compensation fully reimburse a worker for their pain, suffering and other losses. If you are injured on the job you may be able to sue any third party in a personal injury lawsuit.
A third party claim can be filed against your employer for negligence or wrongful action of a third party. This is especially common for construction accidents where there are several subcontractors involved.
Common third party accidents include:
- Falling from scaffolding
- Falling into an unsecured elevator shaft
- Being hit by falling tools or building materials
- Falling into trench
- Being struck by a crane, fork lift or other construction vehicle
While you wait for your claim to go through, you can apply for and receive workers compensation benefits. If you workers compensation attorney New York is able to recover damages for you, you are required to pay back the workers comp benefits you were paid with the money you are awarded.