After being hurt on the job, construction employees may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits, such as medical expenses coverage and a portion of the wages they lost during their recovery.
While workers' compensation addresses economic losses associated with a workplace injury, it doesn't compensate individuals injured for non-economic damages—such as pain and suffering—that could be sought in a personal injury lawsuit. Unfortunately, in Pennsylvania, workers' compensation is the sole legal remedy for injured workers.
However, while Pennsylvania law bars employees from suing their employer for negligence after sustaining a work-related injury, filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party may be an option if the injury was caused by someone from a different company.
Known as third-party claims, these types of lawsuits are relatively common after a construction accident, partially because of how standard it is for numerous companies, contractors, and subcontractors to work side-by-side on a single project.
Examples of third party claims include:
- Motor vehicle accidents. Workers hurt in a job-related car or truck accident can often file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver while also collecting workers' compensation benefits.
- Defective equipment or machinery. If a machinery defect or malfunction results in injury, the manufacturer may be held liable.
- Non-employer supervisory negligence. Non-employer supervisors, such as engineers or architects, may be held liable if flaws in their work cause injury.
- Errors made by other contractors or subcontractors. When a contractor or subcontractor's on-the-job negligence injures a worker from another company, the injured individual may have grounds to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party.
Consult an Experienced Construction Accident Attorney
If you're a construction worker who suffered a job-related injury caused by another company or entity's negligence, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim against a third party. This allows you to seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages.
Don't settle for less than what you deserve. Contact the Accident and Injury Law Group today to schedule a free initial case consultation. Our skilled attorneys are eager to help you explore your options for compensation.