Third-Party Liability Claims
Injured workers in Colorado do not have the option to sue their employer. It is required by law that you inform your employer of the injury and pursue benefits under Colorado’s workers’ compensation system.
Many times, however, it is not the worker or his or her employer who is at fault for an injury, but rather the negligence of a third party that caused an accident. At the Eley Law Firm, located in Denver, we help our clients obtain maximum compensation for their injuries, including workers’ compensation benefits and seeking payment from third parties by referring clients to an attorney who can file a traditional personal injury lawsuit.
Who Can Be Considered A Third Party?
A third-party liability lawsuit can be brought against anyone who is not employed by your company. Common examples include:
- Driver of a vehicle who caused an accident resulting in injury
- Manufacturers of a defective product or machinery, including forklifts, construction machinery, health care machines and more
- Contractors or subcontractors at construction sites
- Property owners who failed to keep their property safe for visitors
- Electricians who negligently installed wire systems
- Many more
At the Eley Law Firm, we focus all our efforts on Denver workers’ comp, but we will refer you to a personal injury lawyer if you have a third-party liability claim. With a third-party claim, fault must be proven. If you are successful in a third-party claim, the amount of settlement or verdict will probably be far greater than a workers’ compensation claim because it will include pain and suffering.
What Happens To My Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
You can collect both workers’ compensation and a settlement from a third party. However, the proceeds from any successful third-party liability claim would be used, in part, to pay back the workers’ comp carrier.
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Please speak with attorney Cliff Eley today to discuss your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits and a possible third-party liability claim. You may contact our Denver workers’ comp law office online or by calling 720-759-3064.
We will help you decide whether to file a third-party claim. And we will help you find the right attorney for your case.