Explaining Workplace Accidents and Third-Party Liability in New Jersey

Maximizing compensation for injured workers

Under the workers compensation program, your employer’s insurance covers your medical costs and lost wages resulting from a work-related injury. In exchange, you waive your right to sue your employer in most cases. You may, nonetheless, sue a third party who is responsible for your workplace accident or illness. A third-party lawsuit does not affect your eligibility for workers compensation benefits. This is especially important if you suffer a catastrophic injury that results in a permanent disability.

Seigel Law was formed in 1976 with the sole focus of protecting the rights of injured clients throughout Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton. We always investigate the answers to workers compensation questions, including whether the facts support a third-party lawsuit. Our team analyzes the facts of your case to determine whether you are entitled to workers compensation and whether you have a valid claim against another person or corporation. Each step we take is carefully designed to maximize your compensation for your injuries.

Premises liability at your worksite

If your job entails going into the field, you may have a valid claim for premises liability against a property owner for injuries you sustained while conducting business — for example, as a delivery person, home-aid therapist, construction worker or sales associate. The property owner owes you a duty to keep the property in good repair and warn you about hazardous conditions. Our lawyers investigate whether the property owner breached this important duty and whether your injuries resulted because of the negligence.

Another common scenario involves a business that rents property from a landlord. Your employer’s insurance company may be responsible for workers compensation, while the owner of the property where the business is based may be liable for premises liability.

Auto accident while on the job

Your job may require you to drive to offsite locations or to work near a roadway. For example, road construction workers are placed in constant risk of being hit by a negligent driver. Likewise, truck drivers are particularly vulnerable to car crashes. Our attorneys simultaneously pursue your workers compensation claim and your automobile accident lawsuit against the negligent driver.

Pursue all available avenues for compensation for your workplace injuries

Seigel Law pursues all available means for obtain compensation for on-the-job injuries. Call us at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation. Our attorneys are available at our Ridgewood office, and we can also schedule appointments at your home or the hospital for your convenience. Our lawyers take your case on contingency, meaning you are not responsible for paying attorney fees unless we recover compensation for your injuries.