Millions of workplace injuries and thousands of deaths occur every year in the U.S. In most cases, state or federal workers’ compensation systems provide benefits to injured workers to cover their medical expenses and help replace some of their lost income while they are prevented from working due to injury or disability. But workers’ compensation only makes up for a fraction of those lost wages, and it does not provide any compensation for damages such as pain and suffering which are typically available in a personal injury civil claim. While workers’ compensation is often the only source of benefits available for an on-the-job injury, there are times when a third party (someone other than the employer or the employee) is responsible for the accident. In those situations, compensation on top of workers’ comp benefits may be available. The attorneys at Frame & Frame are experienced in all manners of Maryland workplace accident claims and help injured workers get the maximum compensation available to help them with their medical and living needs, from obtaining Maryland workers’ compensation benefits to pursuing civil negligence claims in appropriate situations.
Third Party Liability for Injuries on the Job
In Maryland, employees can obtain workers’ compensation benefits for an accidental injury that arises out of and in the course of employment. Not every workplace injury is eligible for workers’ compensation, and employers and their workers’ comp insurance carriers may look for any way they can to deny or underpay a valid claim. The law firm of Frame & Frame in Pasadena and Stevensville has been helping injured workers for over 65 years serving the community get the full amount of workers’ compensation they are entitled to. Additionally, where a third party is liable for causing the accident, our experienced personal injury lawyers will go after that third party and hold them accountable for their negligence, further maximizing the compensation for our clients. Below are just some of the ways a third party may be liable for negligence in causing an accident on the job:
- You are driving for work, such as making deliveries, picking up supplies, or traveling between job sites, when you are struck by a speeding, negligent or distracted driver.
- You are working off-site on the property of another, and you are injured due to a dangerous condition on the premises that the property owner knew about yet failed to warn of or fix
- You are injured by a defective tool or piece of machinery, or the failure of safety equipment, that was defective at the time it was designed or manufactured
In all of these situations, the injured worker may pursue a negligence claim against the responsible third party, in addition to filing a workers’ compensation claim. While it is not necessary to prove fault in order to receive workers’ compensation, in a negligence claim the burden is on the injured worker to prove that the other party’s negligence or fault caused the injury. At Frame & Frame, our attorneys are experienced in investigating, preparing and presenting a strong case that proves the other party’s liability. We know that injured workers and their families need all the help they can get, and we strive to obtain the maximum in compensation for our clients from all available sources.
Get Help from Compassionate, Dedicated and Successful Maryland Workplace Injury Attorneys
If you have been injured in a workplace accident in Maryland, contact Frame & Frame at our offices in Pasadena (410-847-7138) and Stevensville (410-643-2202) for a free case evaluation that looks into all potential claims for maximum compensation.