Advocating for Pennsylvania’s Injured Workers with Third Party Claims

Ensuring Maximum Recoveries for Work Injuries

Employees who are injured in the workplace are generally entitled to collect workers’ compensation benefits under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. However, if someone other than your employer caused your work-related injuries (a third party), you may file a separate personal injury claim against that person or entity.

The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. have over 40 years of experience representing workers in both workers’ compensation and third-party claims, and we can help you get maximum compensation for your work-related injury or illness.

Workers’ Compensation vs. Third-Party Claims

The workers’ compensation system is no-fault, meaning that you do not have to prove that your employer’s negligence caused your injuries. You can recover the cost of reasonable and necessary medical expenses associated with your injury, and a portion of your lost wages regardless of who was at fault for the accident.

However, to prevail on a third-party claim, you must prove that the third party either negligently or intentionally caused your injury. In a personal injury claim, you may be able to recover additional compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of companionship, and other damages caused by your work-related injury.

Typically, you may pursue both a workers’ compensation claim and a third-party claim. For workers’ compensation, you must notify your employer within 120 days of your injury and file a claim within three years from the date of your injury, according to the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for personal injury third-party claims is typically two years. Proceeds from a successful third-party claim are typically subject to subrogation. Your workers’ compensation lawyer will advise you on your rights to ensure you receive fair compensation.

Negligent Third Parties

There are many different situations that may give rise to a third-party claim. The following are a few examples of negligent third parties:

Driver: If you drive for work and are injured in a car accident, you may be able to recover compensation from both your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance and the driver who caused the crash.

Manufacturer of equipment: Equipment manufacturers are supposed to ensure the safety of their products. If you are injured by a defective product, one that failed to work properly or one that was inherently dangerous, you may be able to sue the manufacturer in a products liability case.

Manufacturer of toxic substance: If you become ill from exposure to a toxic substance, such as asbestos or silica, you may be able to sue the manufacturer of the toxic substance, or the manufacturer of the inadequate safety equipment you used while working with the toxic substance in a toxic tort case.

Government entity: If a public utility provider fails to maintain or properly warn about gas or electrical lines, you may be entitled to damages in a third-party claim.

Construction site manager: If you are injured in a construction accident, someone other than your employer may be responsible for your injuries, such as contractors, subcontractors, vendors, or suppliers.

Property owner: If you are working on someone else’s property and they negligently or intentionally cause you injury, you may be able to recover compensation in a premises liability case.

Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Help Injured Workers Recover Third-Party Compensation

If you were injured in a workplace accident or you developed a work-related illness because of someone other than your employer, contact an experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. We can help you obtain the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve and hold any responsible third parties accountable for your damages. To discuss your case, all us at 888-PITT-LAW or complete our online contact form.

We proudly represent injured workers in Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County and throughout Pennsylvania, including those in the communities of Abington, Ambler, Ardmore, Bala CynwydBensalem, Clifton Heights, Crum Lynne, Darby, Downingtown, Doylestown, Drexel Hill, Essington, Folcroft, Glenolden, Haverford, Havertown, Holmes, Kutztown, Lansdowne, Media, Merion Station, Morton, Narberth, Norristown, Norwood, Philadelphia, Prospect Park, Quakertown, Reading, Roxborough, Sharon Hill, Upper Darby, West Chester and Wynnewood.

Best Workman's Comp law firm in the Philadelphia area. 100% happy with the outcome of my case.

Donna Elmwood

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Donna Elmwood

Best Workman's Comp law firm in the Philadelphia area. 100% happy with the outcome of my case.
Answered or returned calls and emails in a timely fashion. The employees at this firm are working for us the employee, not the employers. Very professional.

Anna Diaz

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Anna Diaz

Answered or returned calls and emails in a timely fashion. The employees at this firm are working for us the employee, not the employers. Very professional.
Excellent, efficient service!!! Very knowledgeable staff!! Highly recommend

Sal Vito

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Sal Vito

Excellent, efficient service!!! Very knowledgeable staff!! Highly recommend
Cannot thank you enough for your prompt responses and for solving my problems without allowing me to go through any stress whatsoever. I greatly appreciate your help with my work injury case.

Michele Leap

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Michele Leap

Cannot thank you enough for your prompt responses and for solving my problems without allowing me to go through any stress whatsoever. I greatly appreciate your help with my work injury case.
One of the BEST Workman's Comp Lawyers in Philadelphia. Guided me every step of the way, with the positive and negatives that could happen in my case. So happy I stuck with Larry Pitt & Associates
Melinda Matson
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Melinda Matson
One of the BEST Workman's Comp Lawyers in Philadelphia. Guided me every step of the way, with the positive and negatives that could happen in my case. So happy I stuck with Larry Pitt & Associates
Larry and Phyllis, just want to personally thank you for going the extra mile to help me secure my case. Really appreciate everything you have done for me and my family. The greatest workplace injury lawyer in Pennsylvania!!

Brian Woodworth

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Brian Woodworth

Larry and Phyllis, just want to personally thank you for going the extra mile to help me secure my case. Really appreciate everything you have done for me and my family. The greatest workplace injury lawyer in Pennsylvania!!
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