Workplace injuries can disrupt the flow of one's life. Even a slight injury may take an employee away from work for days or weeks. At many jobsites in California, workplace injuries are common and even expected. However, sometimes a worker is injured in the line of duty although the company or its employees are not directly responsible, and these are known as third\-party cases. In addition to investigating a workers' compensation claim, an attorney will be helpful in determining if a third-party claim is available.
A man in a neighboring state was the victim of the third-party injury in addition to being the victim of a crime. The man worked for the department of public works and was attempting to shut off a water valve in a residential area. He had parked his city van, left it with its flashers on and set up his reflective equipment for safety purposes. As he was working on the valve, a pickup truck struck him and threw him onto the hood of a parked car.
The man's ankle became pinned between the truck and his van. Instead of stopping to render aid, the driver of the truck backed up and drove away from the scene at a high rate of speed. Private surveillance cameras captured an image of the truck, which had distinctive features.
While police search for the driver of the truck, the city worker is recovering from his injuries. He is entitled to workers' compensation for his hospital bills and lost wages. However, those in California with similar experiences have the right to seek legal counsel about pursuing third-party cases against those believed responsible for their injuries. A third-party claim cannot duplicate the benefits of workers' compensation, but it may provide for pain and suffering and other permissible, which workers' compensation does not allow. Having an attorney handle both the workers' compensation and third party claims may ensure the maximum compensation is obtained.
Source: komonews.com, "Police search for hit-and-run driver who injured Edmonds city worker", Joel Moreno, Feb. 21, 2017