In many cases when a person is injured on the job, the cause of the accident cannot be attributed solely to one party or individual. While the employer is responsible for providing workers’ compensation, a third party may also be held liable if an act of negligence or product defect caused or contributed to an injury. It is important when you are injured that you retain experienced counsel who can investigate the finer details of your accident in order to recover all of the compensation to which you are entitled. The Chicago Injury Center represents injured workers throughout Illinois and it is our goal to ensure that all of your financial needs are met following an injury and that any negligent party is held accountable.
Shared Responsibility for a Workplace Incident: Aside From Direct Employer
The majority of workplace injury cases are not cut and dry and there is no clear line that defines who should shoulder the most responsibility whenever someone is injured. If an employer took necessary safety precautions and an incident was the result of the actions of a subcontractor or defective equipment, it may be wise to pursue a case against the third party. Examples of cases where a third party may have full or partial responsibility include the following.
- A mechanical failure that results in injury is caused by a defective component. The manufacturer of the machinery or component that caused the accident may be held liable.
- A subcontractor’s negligence causes an injury to a worker. While an employer is still responsible for providing workers’ compensation, if the employer did not commit any negligent acts then it would be advisable to pursue a case against the third party, which is responsible.
- A utility company’s negligence causes an accident that harms workers. The utility company may bear partial or full responsibility if its equipment caused or contributed to an accident.
When Illinois Workers’ Compensation Benefits Are Not Enough
If you have been injured, workers’ compensation may provide for some of your financial needs, but the cost of your recovery may exceed what your employer is obligated to provide. If this is the case, you may be able to recover damages from a third party who is responsible for your injuries so that you are able to cover the cost of medical care, time off of work and the pain and suffering you have endured. The workplace injury attorneys at the Chicago Injury Center would be happy to review the details of your case and investigate the matter further in order to determine if multiple parties may have contributed to your accident and how best to pursue the recovery of damages.
Contact us today for a free consultation. We will answer any questions and concerns that you have and conduct an investigation on your behalf at no risk to you. We will never demand payment upfront, and if for any reason we are unable to collect compensation on your behalf, our services are free of charge.