Attorneys Represent Workers in Third-Party Negligence Claims in Washington, D.C. and Maryland
Identifying negligent parties and holding them accountable
A construction site accident can leave a victim confused about where to turn for help. The lawyers of May Lightfoot, PLLC in Washington, D.C. offer legal guidance and representation to individuals in the D.C. area and Maryland hurt in accidents involving defective or malfunctioning machinery and other equipment . Our committed personal injury attorneys build liability cases to establish that the actions or omissions of third parties put workers in danger of serious injury or death. With determination and attention to detail, we pursue the maximum financial compensation possible for your losses.
Helpful attorneys explain benefits of litigation vs. workers’ compensation
When you are injured at work and require medical attention, workers’ compensation is available to pay your medical bills, recoup some of your lost wages and obtain vocational training, regardless of who or what caused the accident. But workers’ compensation payments are limited in scope, cover only up to two-thirds of lost income and do not account for your pain and suffering or other noneconomic damages. What’s more, workers’ compensation is your only legal remedy against your employer. You cannot sue your employer in court.
However, if a third-party’s actions contributed to your injury, that party may be financially liable for a portion of your accident-related damages. A successful products liability lawsuit against a manufacturer, distributor or seller can recover not only your full out-of-pocket expenses and loss of income but also damages for the diminished quality of life you experienced as a result of the injury. Other third parties may also be liable for their roles in causing an accident.
Can an injured worker seek compensation for a third party’s negligence?
In the aftermath of accidents involving faulty forklifts, cranes, scaffolding, vehicles and other machinery or equipment, a lawsuit may be brought against a number of potentially at-fault parties. They include but are not limited to:
- Manufacturers — A construction site accident can be caused by machinery or other equipment that was defective in design or manufacture or that was put into commerce with insufficient instructions or warnings. A product liability lawsuit can allege negligence or breach of express or implied warranties.
- Vendors — The distributor or seller of machinery or other equipment can be held liable if the product is unreasonably dangerous for an operator who uses it as intended.
- Contractors — An independent contractor is responsible for providing a safe work environment. A contractor who uses faulty equipment or who fails to keep equipment properly maintained puts workers and others on the worksite at risk.
- Machine operators — At all times, heavy machinery should be operated with care and caution. A machine operator’s failure to follow safe operating instructions may expose him or her to liability for a worker’s injuries.
- Construction site owners — The owner of a site has a duty to minimize known hazards that could harm anyone lawfully present. If a dangerous condition on the property resulted from a breach of that duty, the site owner may be liable to an injured worker.
The foundation of a strong third-party negligence claim is accounting for 100 percent of the fault that contributed to your injury and showing that none of that fault was your own. Washington, D.C. and Maryland use the rule of pure contributory negligence, which means that if the injured party was even minimally at fault, he or she may be blocked from collecting damages. Our attorneys work tirelessly to collect evidence that can establish your right to compensation.
Contact seasoned District of Columbia attorneys for help with third party negligence claims
The litigators at May Lightfoot, PLLC in Washington, D.C. file third-party negligence claims on behalf of workers throughout the D.C. area and Maryland who are injured by defective construction equipment or by other causes. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable lawyers, call 202-919-6463 or contact us online.