Third Party Claims – Personal Injury Claims – with Workers Compensation
Many people suffer injuries caused by the negligence of another person or entity. The injured party has the right to sue for damages from this injury in what we commonly refer to as a personal injury suit. If you’re injured while on the job, you cannot sue your employer for personal injury – your employer is immune in most cases to such lawsuits. You are restricted to workers compensation benefits against your employer. However, if you are injured while working from the negligence of someone other than your employer, you may be entitled to BOTH workers compensation benefits against your employer AND a personal injury claim against the third party. It is very important that when you first meet with your personal injury lawyer or your workers compensation lawyer to make sure he/she is aware of the circumstances of your injury, including whether you were working at the time of your injury or whether a third party was negligent. This will ensure you receive the full benefits available under the laws of Florida.