When an employee is injured on the job, the employer's responsibility is only limited to workers' compensation. However, in Organized Labor's Ask the Expert article, Trial Team Leader Craig Peters discusses third party involvement in the case of a worker who was injured when he was climbing a fixed ladder that accessed the roof of the building he was working on.
"When another party is also responsible for the injury, the injured party is not limited to just workers' compensation," said Peters. "Potential responsible parties might be the owner of the building, the tenant of the building, the maintenance company for the property, the property management company, or the manufacturer or installer of the ladder."
Peters notes that a lawyer will need to do an investigation to determine who has been responsible for, and what the specific problem with the ladder is. He concludes by emphasizing the importance of contacting a qualified lawyer as soon as possible so that a proper investigation can be done before the scene has changed.