St. Louis Workplace Product Liability Lawyers
What to Do If You Were Injured by a Defective Product at Work
If you were injured on the job in Missouri, chances are you’ve filed a Missouri workers’ compensation claim. While this is the only legal remedy available for some occupational injuries, there are exceptions. Workers’ compensation laws prevent you from suing your employer or a co-worker for an injury obtained at work. However, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against a third party whose negligence contributed to your job-related injury. This includes cases involving defective products that cause injury and harm in the workplace.
If you were injured by a defective product while working, you could be entitled to bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer or distributor of the product in question. The Dixon Injury Firm can help you understand your rights and determine who is liable for your injuries and damages. Our St. Louis workplace product liability lawyers have extensive experience handling complex work injury claims and can guide you throughout the entire legal process.
What Is a Third-Party Work Injury Claim?
A third-party work injury claim is like a typical personal injury claim in that it is filed against a negligent party. This party must be someone other than your employer, as you are not permitted to sue your employer under the state’s workers’ compensation laws.
Third-party work injury claims can potentially be filed against a number of parties depending on the specific situation. For example, a delivery person may be able to sue the owner of a property where they were bitten by a dog. That being said, product liability cases are the most common type of third-party work injury lawsuit.
If you were injured by a defective or malfunctioning product while at work, you may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the party that was responsible for manufacturing or distributing the faulty product. For example, if a piece of factory equipment failed to work properly and caused your injury, you could be entitled to damages from the machine’s manufacturer and/or the manufacturers of those components that contributed to the machine’s malfunction. In some cases, you may also be able to hold the wholesaler, distributor, or retailer partially or fully responsible for your work-related injury.
Will Filing a Third-Party Work Injury Claim Affect Workers’ Compensation?
In Missouri, filing a third-party lawsuit in a workers’ compensation claim doesn’t affect any compensation that you receive through the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation. This means that you could be entitled to money for your medical bills through the workers’ compensation system and still receive additional compensation by filing a Missouri personal injury lawsuit against a third party.
Workers’ compensation may not cover the entire amount of your lost earnings, and it does not cover things like emotional distress or pain and suffering. Thus, if you think a third-party could be liable for your work injury, it’s important to contact a St. Louis work comp attorney who has experience handling defective product cases in the workplace.
Do You Need a Workplace Product Liability Lawyer?
Missouri’s workers’ compensation and personal injury laws are complicated, and it is not always clear which parties could be held liable for an on-the-job injury. A knowledgeable St. Louis third-party work injury attorney can review the details of your situation to identify all potentially liable parties.
Occupational injuries caused by defective products can be severe; even relatively minor injuries can have a long-lasting impact. At The Dixon Injury Firm, we fight to make sure that you receive everything you’re entitled to from all responsible parties. This could include payments for future medical costs and lost wages, as well as your pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and more.
Taking on the liable manufacturer, distributor, or retailer and their insurance provider can be an almost impossible task, especially when you are already dealing with the challenges brought on by your injury. Your focus should be on obtaining proper medical care and healing—not on how you are going to afford your medical bills and make up for your lost wages. Allow our St. Louis work-related defective product lawyers handle the legal aspects of your situation so that you can dedicate your energy to your physical recovery.
Schedule your free initial consultation today by calling The Dixon Injury Firm at (314) 208-2808.