Third Party Lawsuits
Many health care workers face injuries and illnesses like broken bones, sprains, strains, slipped discs, ruptured discs, punctures, cuts, and occupational diseases such as those caused by bloodborne pathogens. As a health care worker, you may not realize the extent to which you could be hampered in getting the full care you need. Often it’s necessary to use legal processes to compel those who are in a better position to pay for your care and lost wages to do so. At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, our trustworthy Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys stand ready to help you obtain the full amount to which you’re entitled. We represent health care workers injured in Aurora, Champaign, Rockford, Quincy, as well as Winnebago, Kane, Sangamon, Cook, and Adams Counties on the job and as experienced trial counsel we will look closely at your case to determine whether your injuries were caused by a third party’s negligence, in which case we can file a third party lawsuit on your behalf.Retaining a Law that Represents Health Care Workers Can Help You
As a health care worker, you may assume your claims will involve smooth sailing. You may have helped numerous workers who were injured on the job and expect the system to work for you when you are hurt. Unfortunately, however, even valid workers’ compensation claims are denied. When our Chicago attorneys are able to show injuries are work related, you may be entitled to:
- Temporary total disability benefits
- Permanent total disability benefits
- Temporary partial disability benefits
- Permanent partial disability benefits
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Medical Benefits
Through workers’ compensation, you’re entitled to all reasonable and necessary medical care. However, what gets paid for as being “reasonable and necessary” medical care could be limited by an IME doctor’s findings. Additionally, your lost wages will be limited to 2/3 of your average weekly wage. For many working families, the loss of a health care worker’s income due to work injuries can be devastating. It may be crucial to bring a third party lawsuit for damages against a responsible party such as a negligent property owner or contractor, or a manufacturer, or a driver.When Should You Bring a Third Party Lawsuit?
It may be appropriate to bring a third party lawsuit if someone other than your employer or a coworker may be to blame for your injuries. While workers’ compensation benefits are no-fault benefits, our Chicago lawyers will need to establish a third party’s liability to recover damages on your behalf. While benefits only cover a portion of your economic losses, including 2/3 of your average weekly wage, you can recover the full amount of your wage loss if we can establish another person or entity’s liability for your injuries.
For example, if you are a doctor who slipped and fell due to unsafe construction work happening in the hospital where you worked, you may have grounds to sue the contractor for the harm you suffered, in addition to bringing a workers’ compensation claim. In that situation, safety violations related to the dangerous conditions may be evidence that the contractor was negligent; our lawyers may be able to establish that the safety violations constituted a breach of duty and caused your injuries and damages.
However, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer may have certain subrogation interests in the damages from your personal injury lawsuit and we can make sure your interests are protected through that process.Call Our Lawyers About Your Third Party Lawsuit
If you are a healthcare worker who is injured on the job, and you believe someone else is to blame for those injuries, call our trustworthy Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys. Our firm has represented workers and fought for their full and fair compensation for more than 60 years, but we are also experienced trial lawyers who can make sure you are treated as fairly as possible and obtain all compensation to which you’re entitled. We also handle SSDI benefits claims. Call us at 312-263-6330 or 800-444-1525 or complete our online form.