Washington workers cannot bring claims against their (negligent) employers according to Washington’s mandatory worker’s compensation system. But the worker can bring a “third party claim” for damages when negligence is from the actions of other contractors, dangerous and defective products, and vehicle drivers. For over 50 years, the Stritmatter firm has pursued claims of workers injured and killed by the negligence and misconduct of non-employer third parties.
Our clients have suffered amputations, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and loss of life from defective and dangerous industrial equipment, workplace safety violations, hazardous construction sites, careless equipment operators, negligent contractors, exposure to toxic chemicals, and dangerous premises. The diverse work places range from a fall through an unmarked hidden opening in a downtown flagship department store to remote logging operations where machinery has failed; from lack of safety equipment in a wilderness boundary fencing project to faulty airbag deployment during construction of an airplane. These types of cases require an in-depth understanding of local, State, national, and international codes and standards applicable to different workplaces and products.