The bottom line is that today’s workplace has become complicated, with many different companies and parties coming together to produce goods and services. These other, third parties are not protected from being sued for their own negligence that caused or contributed to your injuries, and you have the right to get the compensation you deserve from them, while still receiving workers’ compensation benefits under Florida law.
How Can We Help the Injured Worker?
The Third-Party Recovery Group at McIntyre Thanasides works on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that if we don’t win your case, you will not pay us any fees or costs. What we will do:
- We will investigate the facts of your workplace accident;
- We will determine whether third-party claims can be made against others who caused or contributed to your injuries;
- We will aggressively pursue those third-parties for money damages for you; and
- We will get paid only if we win your case
Here are examples of third-party recovery claims:
Car Accident While Driving at Work
This is the classic example of a third-party claim. If you were in the course and scope of employment at the time of the accident, you can receive workers’ compensation benefits. But you can also make a claim against the other driver that caused the accident for your full measure of damages under Florida law.
Hospital Worker Injured by Exploding Autoclave Device
Suppose you’re a healthcare worker at a hospital using an autoclave device to sterilize equipment, and the device explodes like a grenade causing serious injury. While you may be limited to workers’ compensation from your hospital employer, you have the right to sue the manufacturer of the autoclave and others for damages caused by the defective device.
The hospital may also have hired a separate company to clean and service the autoclave. Maybe something went wrong with the servicing, or maybe they missed a faulty safety switch when they inspected it, which allowed it to explode. You can also bring a claim for damages against them.
Line Worker Injured by Food Processing Machine
You can be a line worker in a plant that processes food. Your job is to clean the machine every few hours when it clogs up. While sticking your hands in the machine, it unexpectedly starts up, mangling your hand. While you may be limited to workers’ compensation from your employer, you can still bring an action against the third-party manufacturer of the machine, or maybe even the third-party maintenance company that periodically services the machine for your employer.
Construction Worker Hurt On Job Site
Maybe you’re a construction worker who applies stucco to the side of a building. While on the scaffold, it collapses, causing you to fall 30 feet and suffer severe injuries. You may not be able to bring a claim against your employer ABC Stucco, but you may have a claim against the scaffold manufacturer, the company that installed the scaffold, or maybe other subcontractors on the site.