We’ve found that few workers have any idea that, in addition to getting workers’ compensation payments, they can seek restitution for workplace injuries through third-party liability claims.
Raleigh, N.C. (PRWEB) May 02, 2013
Ben Cochran, managing partner of the Hardison & Cochran law firm, announced today that the firm’s website has new information to advise injured and ill workers about obtaining compensation beyond workers’ compensation benefits.
“We’ve found that few workers have any idea that, in addition to getting workers’ compensation payments, they can seek restitution for workplace injuries through third-party liability claims,” said Cochran, a N.C. State Bar-certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist.
“This is why we have added information about third-party liability claims to the Hardison & Cochran website,” Cochran said. “This is not to say that every worker is eligible for this compensation. However, every worker should review this option with the help of a qualified work injury attorney.”
The Hardison & Cochran law firm represents North Carolina workers in workers’ compensation cases and in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
North Carolina’s workers’ compensation law prohibits filing lawsuits against employers once workers’ comp benefits are paid, but it does not bar third-party claims.
Cochran explained that third-party liability lawsuits involving workplace injuries target parties other than the injured worker’s employer who may have contributed to the accident or injury.
“It’s important to understand that a third-party lawsuit is totally separate from a workers’ comp claim and can move forward regardless of whether the injured worker or a deceased worker’s family is receiving workers’ compensation benefits,” Cochran said.
“Having said that, once there is an award in the third-party personal injury suit, the worker may have to repay some of the worker’s comp benefits he’s received,” the veteran attorney added. “But the award should be enough to make this work out to the worker’s benefit.”
The Hardison & Cochran website identifies examples of likely cases, including work-related car accidents or injuries due to defective equipment, in which a worker may pursue a third-party liability lawsuit.
“Personal injury law and how it applies to workplace injuries has more complexities than can reasonably be explained on a Web page, and every case has its own unique facts and legal issues,” Cochran said. “This is why it is important to have a lawyer thoroughly review the specific facts of one’s case.”
About Hardison & Cochran, Attorneys at Law
Hardison & Cochran, Attorneys at Law, is a highly respected North Carolina personal injury, workers’ compensation and Social Security disability law firm with offices in Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, Dunn, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington. The firm’s practice areas include car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, dog bites, dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, nursing home abuse and negligence and traffic violations. For more information, call the firm toll-free at (800) 434-8399 or use the firm’s online contact form.