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Definition of Third Party Lawsuit

The third party in a suit (most specifically a workers' compensation case) is someone other than the employer who may be to blame for the injury. An example of a third party lawsuit in workplace injury would be a products liability suit against the manufacturer of a defective product. In this case the defendant or plaintiff may decide to file a suit against the third party.

Unlike workers' compensation laws which generally bar the injured party from suing their employer for loss, there is no limitation on the worker's rights to sue other at-fault persons or entities.This is known at a third-party liability suit.If a third party is responsible for the worker's injuries the worker may be able to recover compensation for past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, past and future pain and suffering, past and future disability, and past and future disfigurement.

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