A: Under Pennsylvania law, those injured on the job or at work may be able to make workers’ compensation claims as well as what are commonly known as “third party” claims. However, each case is unique and the viability of claims depends on the facts and legal issues of each case. Therefore the following answer is for general information only.
The basis of a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim is an injury occurring at work or on behalf of an employer. Third party claims are claims against others whose negligence contributed to the accident.
Workers’ compensation is a system designed to help workers pay for medical bills and lost wages caused by a work related injury. In exchange for the right to receive such benefits from an employer, the employee gives up the right to sue the employer, except in very limited, rare circumstances.
On the other hand, Pennsylvania courts commonly recognize third party claims in work accident situations. Read more about work accident claims in Pennsylvania. For example, a mill worker may have a third party claim against a machine manufacturer or maintenance company.
For more information, contact a Pennsylvania work accident lawyer.
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