In Colorado, receiving worker’s compensation benefits prohibit you from suing your employer. Third parties can still be sued for negligence, however, which is why it is important you consult with an attorney to see what your rights and options are.
Contact the worker’s compensation lawyers at the Frickey Law Firm today if you have been hurt on the job and are looking for a legal remedy to your injuries.
Formerly, injured workers could sue their employers. In order to win, the injured person had to clearly show that the employer acted negligently and that their negligence caused their injuries. These worker’s compensation cases were costly and took a long time to resolve. Hence the law was changed and worker’s compensation insurance was introduced to provide compensation for all workplace injuries and diseases.
Colorado prevents injured workers from suing their employers in exchange for worker’s compensation insurance benefits. This means no matter how negligent your employer has acted, you cannot sue them after an injury on the job. For example, if you work in a mine and you were injured in a drilling accident you cannot sue your employer for putting you in a dangerous situation. But if a third party operated the drill and they didn’t take enough care in drilling safely you can sue that third party for compensation for your injuries.
Third-party liability is common in construction accidents. Construction and mining operations often involve multiple contractors working together. If a negligent third party caused your accident, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced worker’s compensation lawyer will be able to understand the relationship between all of the contractors and determine which parties were negligent and which contractors you can receive compensation from.
Our experienced team of worker’s compensation lawyers at the Frickey Law Firm will be able to determine whether or not a negligent third party was responsible for your accident. If not, our lawyers will still be able to maximize the amount of worker’s compensation you receive from your employer after an accident. Contact the Frickey Law Firm today for a free consultation.