Employees who are injured on the job may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. If the injury was the fault of someone other than a fellow employee, the injured worker may be eligible for additional compensation through a third-party claim against the negligent party.
To protect your rights and ability to claim compensation, you should speak with an attorney experienced in cases involving workers' compensation and third-party claims.
Advocates For Injured Workers
Harkins & Swinburnson, PLLC, is one of the most experienced personal injury law firms in Kennewick. We aggressively represent employees in cases involving injuries or death caused by:
- Contractors and subcontractors
- Defective industrial equipment
- Defective construction equipment
- Drivers who are not fellow employees
- Other types of third-party claims
Cases Involving Combined Workers' Compensation And Third-Party Claims
If you are in an accident while driving in a company vehicle or in your own vehicle while you are working, you may have a third-party claim in addition to a workers' compensation claim.
If you have been injured while working, you should notify your employer. Your employer will instruct you how to file a workers' compensation claim (also called an L & I claim, after Washington State's Labor & Industries Department).
You should also call 509-591-0225 for a free consultation with Harkins & Swinburnson, PLLC. We can advise you of your rights and explain the legal process.
Maximizing Your Compensation From All Sources
The lawyers at our firm will undertake a comprehensive legal effort designed to maximize the compensation you receive from all sources.
If the third-party lawsuit is successful, your workers' compensation benefits may have to be returned to the state. That would not necessarily be a negative development. A third-party claim may enable you to obtain compensation for the full amount of medical costs and lost income, plus pain and suffering and other noneconomic benefits. As a result, your net compensation will likely be far higher from the third-party claim than from the L & I claim alone.
Free Consultation With An Attorney
Contact Harkins & Swinburnson, PLLC, for a free initial consultation about a workplace injury case. We represent people in Kennewick, Richland, Pasco and elsewhere in central Washington.