The term vicarious liability, also known as third party liability, is a legal term that refers to one party being accountable for the actions of another when damage or injury occur. This is despite the fact that there was no active involvement in the incident by the liable party. Third party liability is a very common aspect of workers’ compensation claims in Pennsylvania. Both individual persons as well as entities can be charged with vicarious liability. These can include:
- Corporations/Corporate Entities
- Medical Groups
- Service Repair Groups
Examples Of Vicarious Liability In Workers’ Compensation Cases
In today’s world there are numerous scenarios implicating a party in a vicarious liability lawsuit such as:
Hospitals, medical groups and medical umbrella corporations can be party to a personal injury lawsuit in the event of medical malpractice or medical negligence.
Contractors can be charged with vicarious liability if their subcontractors do not fully complete a job or are found guilty in contract violations.
Under certain circumstances, parents can be charged with vicarious liability if their child’s actions cause damage, harm or injury to a person or property.
Employers can be party to a vicarious liability lawsuit as well. There can be a variety of circumstances such as sexual harassment, discrimination and workers compensation suits.
Manufacturers of certain items of technology may be liable in a vicarious liability suit.
Contact An Attorney Handling Third Party Liability Lawsuits
The premise behind vicarious liability lawsuits is to ensure proper parties are held responsible when physical injury, harm or damage occurs. A skilled personal injury attorney who is familiar with the convoluted nature of these cases can help guide through the legal process if you have been injured. I am Workers’ Compensation Attorney James V. Monaghan offers free consultations to those who have been injured due to the negligence of another in Pennsylvania.
Contact my office at (610) 275-5800 for a free consultation. I handle workers compensation claims on a contingency fee basis meaning I charge no fee unless I recover for you.
I am certified as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.