Other than an employer or co-worker, employees can file a lawsuit against any negligent individual or company such as:

Independent contractors.

If an employee was injured by a coworker who is classified as an independent contractor or who works for a different employer, the workers’ compensation exclusive remedy provision does not apply.

At-fault drivers.

If an employee is injured in a car accident while performing work duties, he or she can file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.


Workers who are hurt due to a defective piece of equipment may sue the product’s manufacturer for negligence.


If an employee is injured while working on a construction site, he or she may have a claim against the general contractor or a sub-contractor.

Property owners.

If the injury was caused by a defective condition on the property, the owner of the land, building owner, or the company responsible for maintenance may be sued for negligence.


Christopher L. Russo
Helping Rhode Island personal injury victims for nearly three decades to get the compensation they deserve.