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How workers' compensation and a third party lawsuit work together

Most of the time, receiving workers' compensation means you have no need to pursue a personal injury claim. However, there are occasions when injured North Carolina workers can pursue both options. Workers' compensation provides injured workers with benefits while also protecting the employer, but sometimes a third party might have contributed to workplace injuries. When this occurs, the injured party may be able to seek relief from both sources.

Here are some situations in which an injured employee may be able to pursue a personal injury suit.

-- If the employee is injured due to a defective part or product, it might be possible to initiate legal action against the product manufacturer.-- If the employee becomes injured or ill from exposure to toxic substances, he or she might be able to sue the manufacturer of the substance.-- If the employee suffers a workplace accident because of employer negligence, a personal injury lawsuit might be feasible.

Other situations in which the injured employee could receive workers' compensation while also pursuing a third party lawsuit include:

-- Slipping or falling while performing work tasks on another party's premises-- Construction site accidents in which the employee is injured due to a third party-- Car accidents that occur while the employee is driving on the job

While workers' compensation fills an important role for workers and employers, it might not be enough for those suffering severe workplace injuries. In these cases, seeking a third party lawsuit can be an ideal way to receive additional compensation. If you would like to learn more about your options following a workplace accident, please visit our website.

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