Most people in Flint are aware that when they are hurt at work they are eligible to receive workers’ compensation. However, what happens when someone is hurt by a third-party during work whether they are at the job site or at another location? Can a person, or his or her family, receive compensation from the their employer as well as from the third-party who caused the accident and the person’s injuries?
The family and friends of a Michigan state trooper are mourning the loss of their beloved husband and father after he was killed in a collision with another vehicle while on duty. The state trooper suffered critical injuries when a car hauling a trailer hit pulled into his path and struck his motorcycle. He was and then dragged for several miles before the driver of the car finally pulled over. The trooper later died from his injuries at the hospital. The 38-year-old trooper is survived by his wife and four children. The driver of the other vehicle, a 72-year-old man from Waterford, struck the trooper while the trooper was on-duty and traveling on his department-issued motorcycle.
The driver had not been charged at the time of this report; however, he could still be charged, as the investigation is ongoing. In addition, if investigators determine that he was negligent when he pulled into the path of the trooper’s then the family of the victim could receive compensation for their loss and suffering. That compensation would be in addition to the workers’ compensation benefits they would be entitled to receive from his employer. That’s because according to Michigan law, even though he was killed on the job, the trooper’s family would be eligible to file a lawsuit against a third party who injures or kills an employee so long as the injured or deceased person was injured during work, no matter where the accident occurs.
Therefore, anyone who is injured while at work, whether they are at the job site or another location, should contact Nickola Law to find out what their rights are. At Nickola Law we will execute a thorough investigation into the accident in order to determine whether a third party or third party contractor is responsible. If our investigation determines that indeed a third party was responsible you will be able to receive much better benefits and a lot more compensation than the just standard workers’ compensation. Please make sure you contact the Law Office of Nickola if a third party has hurt you while you were working on the job. Call us at 810-767-5420, or click here to speak with a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney in Flint.
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