According to the Department of Labor, approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses occurred in 2016 alone. Many of these injuries were likely the result of third-party negligence. Many businesses rely on third parties to operate. These third parties can be suppliers, distributors, service providers, vendors, and other contractors. A third party is anyone other than the employee, their co-workers, or their employer. When a third party causes injury to a worker they can be liable in court.
If you were hurt at a factory, and a third party caused your injuries, you could file a legal claim. Call now to discuss your case in more detail with a lawyer that has experience filing Charleston third-party liability claims against factories.
Common Examples of Charleston Factory-Related Injuries
Factories are a mainstay of the national economy, and vital to Charleston’s economy. Companies such as Boeing, Volvo, and other automakers employ thousands of local residents. Many other Charleston residents work with these and other factories as inspectors, vendors, and subcontractors. Factories can be dangerous places to work or even to visit.
Those who must visit third-party factories for work can sustain serious injuries if the factory owner or operator acts negligently. Some common example of factory injuries can include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Exposure to dangerous chemicals
- Respiratory illness
These or other injuries can easily occur when a factor is not run safely. The most common risks that factory visitors encounters are slip and fall accidents, being hit with a falling or moving object, and exposure to dangerous materials.
If a worker suffers an injury while visiting a third-party factory, they can file Charleston third-party liability claims against the factory whose negligence contributed to their injuries. For example, if a vendor visiting the factory falls because the factory owner failed to repair dangerous flooring, the vendor could sue. In such a case, the factory would be a third party as they were not the vendor’s employer. This allows the injured vendor to file a personal injury lawsuit instead of workers’ compensation.
Defective or Dangerous Machinery
If the third-party factory did not act negligently, but the visiting vendor suffered an injury due to defective machinery, the injured vendor or factory visitor could sue the manufacturer based on its negligence. The victim could still file a third-party liability claim, but their claim would be against the manufacturer of the defective machinery or product. Unfortunately, this is a common scenario. Numerous machinery makers produce defective or dangerous products that factories across the country use.
How Can a Charleston Third-Party Liability Claims Attorney Help?
Employees injured while performing their job duties at a third-party factory have legal options other than seeking workers’ compensation. Victims should call a lawyer who has experience with Charleston third-party liability claims against factories.
These legal cases can be quite complex. Proving that the factory or another third party acted negligently often requires investigation and the help of expert witnesses. An experienced attorney at Howell & Christmas can conduct this fact-finding and may be able to help the victim get compensation for their injuries. If your job requires you to visit third-party factories, and you sustained an injury while doing so, call a lawyer today.