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Does Workers' Compensation Really Prevent a Private Lawsuit?

Construction Accidents — Electrocution — Falls From Scaffolding or Ladders

After a workplace injury, you might be told that the workers' compensation insurance system is the only way you can pursue financial reimbursement for your medical care and lost income.

That may or may not be true.

In addition to filing a workers' compensation claim, every injured worker should seek legal advice to find out if a private lawsuit may also be an option.

Third-Party Liability Claims After Workplace Accidents

Although workers cannot usually file private personal injury lawsuits against their own employer or fellow employees, they have the legal right to file a private lawsuit against any other individual or company that helped cause the accident in some way. The legal term for this type of lawsuit is "third-party liability claim."

Third-party liability claims are especially common after industrial and construction accidents or mining accidents. Often, an accident is caused by malfunction of equipment that is owned, operated or maintained by a company other than the workers' employer. In such cases, any person injured in the accident may have the right to file a private personal injury lawsuit in addition to a workers' compensation claim.

The Peyton Law Firm in West Virginia

For more than three decades, our family-owned law firm has represented injured workers in private lawsuits after construction accidents or other accidents at other types of job sites. Our team of attorneys has substantial experience with complex litigation. Our law firm has the resources to take on a legal fight against large corporations — when necessary to protect our clients' rights.

We can handle claims involving:

  • OSHA violations
  • Defective machinery
  • Lack of safety measures
  • Exposed wires
  • Failure to clean up debris or warn of unstable surfaces
  • And other negligent actions leading to an on-the-job injury

Discrimination Against Injured Workers

Our law firm also gives legal counsel to workers who face illegal discrimination on the job after filing a workers' compensation claim. Employers sometimes assign work they know the injured worker can't perform, or prevent the worker from going back to work after an injury. Such actions, and other types of workers' compensation discrimination, are illegal.

Learn More About Our Law Firm — Schedule a Consultation

The Peyton Law Firm was founded more than 30 years ago in Nitro. Throughout the years, we have built a reputation for combining legal skills with a deep respect for our clients. To make an appointment with one of our worksite accident lawyers, call 800-681-9555 or use our online contact form.

Office Location

2801 First Avenue . PO Box 216 . Nitro, WV 25143-1602 . Map & Directions