I Was Injured At Work… Can I Sue Anyone?
In New York State, if a person is injured at work, they are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits include medical bill payments and monetary compensation for physical injuries and emotional suffering. However, there are times when you can also institute a personal injury lawsuit against a third party that is responsible for your injuries.
Three common examples are car accidents, slip and fall accidents and defective product lawsuits. In regards to car accidents, if you get into a car accident while you are working (for example as a bus driver) you have the right to have your medical bills paid for by your employer through workers’ compensation and you may also be able to sue the person that crashed into your car. With slip and fall accidents, if your employer rents the building where you work and you slip and fall on a defect created by the building owner/ landlord, you have the right to have your medical bills paid for by workers’ compensation and may be able to sue the building owner. In regards to defective product cases, you may have suffered an injury as a result of a defective machine at work. In that case, you would be able to have your medical bills paid for by workers’ compensation and be able to sue the manufacturer of the product.