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Workers’ Compensation and Third Party Liability

Lake County Workplace Injury Attorney Pursuing Third Party Liability Lawsuits

Lawyer for Job Injuries Caused By a Third Party in Grayslake, Waukegan and Gurnee

Work Injury Caused By Third Party Lawsuit

Under the Illinois workers' compensation system, employees who suffer work-related injuries, illnesses, or death are able to receive compensation for their injury regardless of fault, but they are not allowed to sue their employer. However, if a third party is partially or totally at fault for the injury, the employee may be able to file a personal injury claim against the other party. Workers' compensation and third party liability claims can become quite complicated, however, and a thorough investigation is often required to determine the exact cause of the illness or injury and who is at fault.

At The Law Office of Brian M. Laughlin, P.C., our attorney has over 25 years of experience working on both sides of workers' compensation cases. Our attorney has defended claims for some of the largest employers in the nation, and we have an in-depth knowledge of the common tactics used by the large insurance companies to delay or deny claims. We have also handled numerous workers' compensation and third-party liability claims. We have an established track record of success pursuing claims through all available legal avenues, so our clients can receive just compensation for their injuries.

Common Types of Third Party Liability Claims in Illinois

Types of workplace injuries that often involve a third party include:

  • Car Accidents: Motor vehicle accidents that are the fault of another party and occur while the employee is engaged in work-related activities.
  • Truck Accidents: Truck accidents that involve a third party including other motorists, trucking companies and anyone outside of your employer involved in the accident.
  • Construction Site Accidents: Examples include accidents that occur because of the unsafe work practices of a third party subcontractor working near the employee.
  • Unsafe Premises Accidents: Injuries resulting from hazardous conditions on the premises of another party.
  • Dangerous or Defective Product Accidents: Product liability accidents are common in factories when defective tools or machinery cause injury to those using them or working nearby.

When a worker suffers an injury or illness on the job, the first source of monetary income is the workers' compensation policy of the employer. Since this is a "no-fault" system, workers can file a claim for benefits regardless of who is responsible (with a few exceptions). Securing damages from a responsible third party for a workplace injury can be more difficult, however, because you must prove the following:

  • An accident occurred;
  • The accident was the result of the negligence of the other party; and
  • You suffered a compensable injury as a direct result of the accident.

Contact Our Third Party Injury Claim Attorney

At The Law Office of Brian M. Laughlin, P.C., we put our extensive experience with workers' compensation and third party liability cases to work to deliver the skilled and personalized representation our clients deserve. We offer free consultations, and we take all our personal injury cases on a contingency basis, so you never pay any attorneys' fees unless we win your case. If you or someone close to you has suffered a workplace injury, contact our office today at 847-752-8537 to schedule your free consultation.

From our office in Grayslake, we assist clients with worker's compensation and third party liability claims in Lake County, McHenry County, Cook County, DuPage County, Will County, Kane County, Rockford, and surrounding Illinois communities.

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