If an employee is injured while performing his/her official job duties
in Florida, he/she is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits
to cover certain losses, such as a portion of the worker’s lost
wages, medical expenses, and even vocational rehabilitation – no
matter who was at fault for the injury. In turn, an injured employee cannot
sue his/her employer for negligence, unless the injury was caused by intentional
harm or egregious circumstances in the workplace.
But what happens if a work-related injury is caused by a negligent third
party? The answer: third parties can be held liable for causing a workplace
injury, which means injured workers may file a personal injury lawsuit
directly against them while also seeking workers’ comp benefits.
Third-party negligence occurs when a person or entity other than your employer
causes a work-related injury. The main advantage of filing a separate
third-party claim is that an injured worker may recover additional compensation
not offered by workers’ comp benefits, including all your lost wages
and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
If you have been injured in a work-related injury in Tampa Bay, FL,
contact Paulsen Law Group today to schedule a free consultation. Our firm has been providing our
clients with knowledgeable and personalized legal representation for more
than 15 years!