If you were injured on the job, you might be eligible for several forms of compensation. Our Indianapolis workers’ compensation lawyers may be able to help you seek a recovery for your medical bills, lost wages, and more.
You don’t have to be alone in your case. Legal help from Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. is available with no upfront costs involved, and your first case review is free.
Your Legal Options After an On-the-Job Injury in Indianapolis
Most Indiana workers are covered by their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. However, workers’ compensation benefits are limited, which is why workers’ compensation is only the starting point for employees who are hurt on the job in Indianapolis.
Our attorneys could file a third-party liability claim if a party other than the injured worker’s employer is responsible for the injury. You might be eligible to seek additional forms of compensation through an injury claim, such as pain and suffering. A personal injury attorney with our firm can tell you if you’re eligible to take legal action.
Third-Party Claims or Lawsuits for Work-Related Injuries
After we investigate your case, we may determine that one or more negligent parties could be liable.
Parties responsible in third-party liability cases include:
- Contractors or subcontractors who are not the injured worker’s employer
- Equipment manufacturers, if a faulty product is involved
- Cargo loading companies
- Vehicle drivers
Safety rules and regulations on job sites are strict. Workplaces must also follow the federal regulations laid down by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). One of our workers’ compensation lawyers in Indianapolis may be able to bring a case against a third party whose failure to follow OSHA rules resulted in a worker’s injury. WTTV reporting affirms how often accidents can happen on job sites. Our team can support you if a contractor’s actions led to your injuries.
We can help you with these types of third-party liability cases:
Whether you’re working on one of Downtown Indianapolis’s road construction projects or a commercial development, several different entities could be responsible for unsafe working conditions. For instance, the employee of a subcontractor may have left hazardous materials on your work site.’
Motor vehicle accidents
Many workers on or around a construction site perform jobs that involve driving. Someone might be delivering materials to the job site and accidentally back into a construction worker. In this case, the construction worker could file a third-party claim against the delivery driver’s employer.
Alternatively, if that same delivery driver was on a public road and another driver rear-ended them, the delivery driver could file a third-party claim against the negligent driver and attempt to collect compensation for their injuries.
Defective product accidents
Many types of work require the use of specialized tools, equipment, and materials. When a company designs or manufactures a faulty product, the injured person can file a third-party claim against the manufacturer or distributor.
Defective product cases can include situations where a product does not contain adequate warnings advising a user of its risks.
Slip and fall accidents
Falls can result from hazardous conditions on a floor, stairwell, scaffold, or another work area. For instance, if you slipped and fell from an elevated location due to inadequate safety features on scaffolding, you could have a case against a third party.
Recoverable Damages in Third-Party Injury Cases in Indiana
If we file a claim or lawsuit against a negligent party who caused your construction accident, we could help you seek a range of damages. These may include:
Economic Damages for Your Past, Present, and Future Expenses
These may include medical expenses such as:
- Ambulance services
- Emergency room care
- Diagnostic testing
- Physical therapy
- In-home medical care
If you face a serious injury such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury, or other serious condition, you may require months of ongoing medical care. We can work to include these future expenses in the value of your settlement or award.
You could also seek compensation for income losses such as:
- Missed paychecks
- Missed tips and bonuses
- Missed promotions
- Reduced ability to earn income in the future
Some workers would have to change jobs in the future if their injuries go on to affect their working ability. Such substantial income losses can have a major effect on your life, and our injury lawyers can consider them in your case.
Non-Economic Losses to Reflect Your Hardships
This may include damages such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Scarring and disfigurement
These damages don’t have a clear dollar value attached to them, but we can tell you how they can be valued in an injury case. We have experience proving intangible damages such as pain and suffering. Our team will seek the best recovery possible for you.
If You Lost a Loved One to a Wrongful Death Case
We would help you recover damages if you lost a loved one to their worksite injuries. You don’t have to handle an injury case while you grieve your loss.
Through a wrongful death case, we can help you recover compensation for:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical care
- Non-economic damages
How Our Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Will Handle Your Indianapolis Injury Case
Our attorneys can handle every step of your compensation case. We will:
- Determine what damages you’re eligible to seek
- Gather evidence to prove liability
- Work with experts to prove your injuries, if needed
- Advise you of important laws that may affect your case
- Negotiate a settlement for you
- Take your case to trial, if necessary
- Explain your options in clear terms throughout your case
After our Indianapolis lawyers investigate your case and gather evidence, we will pursue your legal options. Depending on the details of your case, our firm could negotiate an out-of-court settlement. Alternatively, our workers’ compensation team can file a civil lawsuit and seek damages.
What Does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer from Sevenish Law Firm, P.C.?
You may wonder if you can afford a lawyer for your case. However, our team works based on contingency, which means that it costs nothing to get started with a case. We only receive payment if we get results for you.
Our fees come as a percentage of your final settlement or award, so there is no financial risk involved in hiring our help.
The Statute of Limitations for Injury Cases in Indiana Limits Your Time to File Suit
In Indiana, you generally have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit, per IC § 34-11-2-4. However, depending on your case type, you may have more or less time to file. Some cases that involve product liability can be filed within 10 years, however (per IC § 34-20-3-1). Our team can tell you about the filing deadline that may affect your case.
No matter what type of third-party liability claim you might have, you could have options. Our firm could preserve any valid third-party liability claim you might have.
Our Indianapolis Workers’ Compensation Team Can Get Started on Your Case Today
Third-party injury cases can be complicated. You may benefit from having an injury lawyer on your side. At Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., our attorneys understand these kinds of cases and will work hard to seek the best possible results—while you focus on your recovery.