One of the most difficult type of workplace injury case involves someone who is working at a job site as a temporary employee or through a staffing company.
Often, when such a worker is injured, the worksite company and the staffing company will both attempt to blame the other. This leaves the injured employee out in the cold with no medical care and unable to pay his bills.
These are very complex cases that revolve around the master service agreements between the staffing company and the worksite company, as well as the actual procedures that were being followed at the workplace. The companies will be looking out for their best interest, not their employee's best interest.
Often, one of the companies will have workers compensation insurance. Both companies will then try to convince the injured worker that they cannot file a lawsuit because one company is covered by workers compensation.
This is not true.
The determination of who is covered by a workers compensation policy is difficult to determine, is based on the agreement between the companies, the facts of the job, and the laws of the state. That is why it is vital for the injured employee to get help from an experienced law firm as soon as possible.
When one of our clients comes to us with a situation like this, we immediately file the case to ensure all the companies do not attempt to tamper with evidence or witnesses. We get the master service agreements between the companies and read through them closely. We also investigate the companies and the job to determine who the other contractors were at the worksite.
Only with this full picture is it possible to determine what kind of claim an injured employee really has.
If you're facing this situation after a work-related injury, you need to call an experienced attorney immediately. V&B Attorneys will help you figure out what are your legal rights and what your best options are moving forward. Call us now, toll-free, at 877-724-7800, or sign up for a free & confidential case review below.