What Are Third Party Claims?
When it comes to work-related accidents, determining who is truly at fault is not always black and white. For instance, if you are running a work-related errand and get hit by a distracted driver, you could be looking at two possible claims to compensation: a workers’ compensation claim and a third party claim.
In this scenario, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits because, really, you would never have been involved in the car accident if you hadn’t been fulfilling your job duties. Likewise, you can file a third party personal injury claim against the driver who caused the actual accident.
What to Do If You Are Injured at Work
To receive workers’ compensation benefits, it is important that you take all the necessary steps required by your employer and the state of California. These steps include the following:
- Seek professional medical care without delay. If possible, try to avoid receiving medical assistance from coworkers.
- Fill out an accident report. Provide the details of the accident and your injuries. Submit the report directly to your supervisor.
- Make sure that your employer fills out and sends all necessary documents to the insurance company and the state of California.
- Fill out a Loss of Wages Claim if you lost pay due to your recovery.
Taking these necessary steps will validate your claim and drastically increase your chances of getting the compensation you deserve for your damages. Our law firm can help you through each step of the process.
Working with Your Workers’ Compensation Attorney
As a workers’ compensation law firm based in Fresno, California, the Winter Law Group is here to help you with your case by providing the following legal services:
Principal attorney Joel Winter can review your case, answer your questions, and guide you through the legal process. We can help you avoid common pitfalls that could keep you from receiving your compensation.
Complete Case Management
We take the burden of engaging with the insurance company away by managing your entire case from start to finish. We can handle all of your paperwork, obtain evidence of your claim, estimate the value of your losses, and engage with all relevant parties on your behalf.
As your law firm, we can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. We will fight for a fair settlement that reflects the value of your losses. If the insurance company does not settle, then we can file a lawsuit and represent you in court.