Workers’ compensation benefits are intended to cover an employee’s expenses related to an on-the-job injury and protect an employer from lawsuit for these injuries, regardless of how the injury occurred. Sometimes, however, someone other than the employer, injured employee or co-workers contribute to the accident.
When a third party, such as a contractor, subcontractor or outside party, plays a role in a work-related accident or injury, that person or company can be held liable for the injury. These claims are entirely separate from your workers’ compensation claim and will not affect the outcome of the claim.
Some of the most common examples of a third party playing a role in an accident include: