The most common situation of workplace injuries that we see are people who are injured in their employer’s parking lot. The issue then becomes, “can I bring a claim against the person or entity that injured me, or is it covered by worker’s compensation?” If it is a worker’s compensation case, then the injured employee is precluded from filing a lawsuit or making a claim against his or her employer.
However, it is very common for businesses to either rent their location from a landlord or to have a separate corporation owning the building, rather than the business itself. In those situations where there are separate legal entities, the landlord or the separate corporation may be liable for injuries suffered by a worker on the premises caused by their negligence.
Another example is when an employee slips on a freshly waxed floor when the dangerous conditions were created by a third-party maintenance company.
This is one of those situations where it’s critical to talk to an experienced premises liability lawyer. Don’t assume that just because you’re receiving workers compensation, that there isn’t an opportunity to make a claim for your injuries in addition to your workers compensation benefits.