Many people here in the Philadelphia area have to drive as part of their work. Whether you are a delivery driver, you work for a cable or phone company, you are a salesman or you transport others, you face the same risks as other drivers.
The difference is that if you are hurt in a car accident while doing your job, you may be able to secure workers’ compensation benefits that would not be available to others. In addition, if someone else caused the accident, you may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Making Sense Of Third-Party Lawsuits
Third-party lawsuits are a part of personal injury and workers’ compensation law that refer to workplace injuries caused by an outside party. This means your employer is not responsible for the accident. For people who drive as part of their job, it could mean a distracted driver, a drunk driver, a reckless driver or a manufacturer of a defective auto part.
Even if your employer is not responsible, you are still entitled to workers’ comp., because the accident happened while working. However, the person who caused the accident is still liable for your injuries, meaning you could recover compensation in addition to your workers’ comp. benefits.
Get The Right Lawyer In Your Corner
While you could work with two separate attorneys to pursue the compensation you deserve, it is better to work with an experienced attorney who has in-depth knowledge of third-party liability law. One attorney who takes a big picture approach to your case will be better able to maximize your recovery, because they will understand the effect each component of your case will have on the other.
Just like any other workplace accident or accident caused by someone else’s negligence, it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner your attorney can get to work investigating the accident, the better chance you will have of recovering the additional compensation you may be entitled to.