Earlier this year, a crane collapsed onto a construction site in Queens, New York, seriously injuring seven workers, three of who were pinned. Although the employees worked for a subcontractor called Cross Country Construction, the crane belonged to another company ? New York Crane ?that appears to have a record of prior negligence, with a crane collapse in 2008 that killed two workers. The seven workers in this case may be able to recover additional compensation from third party New York Crane for their pain and suffering.
How can a third-party claim help obtain more work-related compensation?
Construction work is dangerous and can lead to serious accidents. In most construction site accidents, injured workers file claims for workers compensation to pay for damages resulting from the accident, such as medical bills, lost wages and so on. However, recovery for damages is limited under the workers compensation system.
However, there are instances in which workers can file third-party claims in addition to a workers compensation claim, and get increased payouts for their injuries. For example, many construction sites have more than one company working at the same site — if an injured worker can prove that another company’s employees or equipment caused his or her injury, then that other company, or third party, might also be held responsible.