New York Workers' Compensation is an intricate area of law that is often subject to a number of misconceptions. This site is intended to help readers seeking clarification on the topic of NY Workers' Comp. Whether you are an injured worker lost amidst the complexities of Workers' Comp, a doctor who is not sure how to properly handle a Workers' Comp patient's file, or simply a curious New Yorker who worries about what would happen if you were ever injured on the job, I hope that the content of this site will deliver the answers you seek, even to questions you didn't know to ask.

It is my pleasure to welcome you into the world of New York Workers' Compensation. I hope you enjoy your visit, spread the word, and come back soon.

Best regards,

Camila P. Medici, Esq.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My Injury Occurred At Work But Was Caused By A Person Or Company Other Than My Employer

There are many instances in which your work injury was caused or contributed to by someone other than your employer or co-workers.  If that is the case, you may have a Third Party Action in addition to your Workers' Compensation Claim. 

Third party actions are lawsuits that can be against equipment manufacturers, general contractors, landowners, building owners, or basically any party other than the Employer or that Employer's Employees that contributed to an accident. 

As previously discussed, under New York Law, Workers' Compensation is a workers' sole remedy against an employer for injuries that happened at work.  However, lawsuits can still be initiated against third parties for contributory negligence, product defects, etc.  It is important to consider those lawsuits because they may allow you to collect money damages for pain and suffering, full lost wages, and other losses that are not available in a Workers' Compensation award. 

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