Third party litigation refers to a legal dispute in which a third party who is not directly involved in a dispute, files a lawsuit or becomes involved in an existing lawsuit to protect their own interests. In such cases, the third party has some stake or interest in the outcome of the litigation, and seeks to intervene in the case in order to protect that interest.
Third Party Litigation and Personal Injury
In personal injury law, third party litigation can occur when a third party who is not directly involved in the accident or incident that caused the injury, files a lawsuit or becomes involved in an existing lawsuit related to the injury.
For example, in a car accident case, a passenger who was injured in the accident may file a lawsuit against the driver of the car, as well as the manufacturer of the vehicle, the municipality responsible for maintaining the road where the accident occurred, or other parties who may have contributed to the accident or the resulting injuries.
Another example of third party litigation in personal injury law involves medical malpractice cases. In such cases, a patient may file a lawsuit against a healthcare provider, and a third party such as an insurance company or a government agency may become involved in the case, either as a defendant or as a party seeking to recover damages related to the injury.
Third party litigation in personal injury law can be complex and may involve multiple parties, each with their own legal interests and obligations. In some cases, a settlement or judgment in a personal injury case may also impact the rights or obligations of third parties, such as insurance companies or other parties that may be liable for the injuries. As such, it is important for individuals involved in personal injury litigation to work with an experienced attorney who can navigate the complexities of third party litigation and protect their rights and interests.