Protecting You After A Workplace Accident

A serious work injury can devastate an entire family. From medical bills, to lost wages, to being forced to fit a home with wheelchair ramps or an easy-access tub/shower combo, a family can feel the very real consequences of a severe injury.

Founded in 1980, Hawn & Coughlin, LLP, is dedicated to providing exceptional client service to individuals injured in Bend and the communities throughout Oregon. A work injury can be the result of a single accident, years of repetitive stress or toxic exposure. Often, the accident can be traced to the negligence of a person or organization outside your own company. This is often referred to as third-party liability.

What Is Third-Party Liability?

Third-party liability is when someone who is not employed by the company causes the injury. Some of the most common examples include:

  • Vehicle accidents while on the job: It is not uncommon for work tasks to require employees to drive. If the worker is operating a company vehicle — making deliveries, picking up supplies, moving materials from one worksite to another — and gets in an accident caused by another driver, the person who caused the accident is a liable third party.
  • Defective products or construction: Another common example centers on a defective tool — for example, a power tool that malfunctions while being used by a construction worker, poorly constructed areas, or an elevator or staircase that breaks causing an accident — produced by a company outside your own organization.
  • Multiple subcontractors: An additional example comes from construction work. If an accident is caused on a construction site that can be traced back to a subcontractor on the same site — electrician, driver or materials handler, for example — that individual is a liable third party.

These cases can be complex and often require the attention of an experienced workers' compensation and personal injury lawyer. After a workplace injury, we encourage you to discuss your case and your legal options for compensation with an attorney at our firm.

Talk To Us Today About Your Work Injury

We can discuss your specific case, questions and concerns during a free initial consultation. You will meet with a lawyer who can assess your situation and provide the legal representation you need. Call us today at 541-241-6991 or contact us online.