Every year, thousands of workers are seriously injured at work throughout US. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013 alone, over 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private employers. Workplace accidents can leave you temporarily or permanently disabled.
Types of monetary compensation
If you have suffered work-related injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Past and future medical bills;
- Physical pain;
- Mental anguish;
- Loss of consortium;
- Disfigurement and scarring of neck, face or hands;
- Physical impairment;
- Loss of the enjoyment of life;
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering compensation.
Not to mention that every day, 13 Americans go to work and never return.
Texas Workers’ Compensation
Under the Texas Workers Compensation Act, an injured employee has the right to claim benefits. According to the workers’ compensation programs, injured workers are entitled to 4 types of benefits:
- Income benefits cover a part of worker’s lost wages;
- Medical benefits cover medical care to treat the workplace injury;
- Burial benefits pay for a part of the funeral expenses, if the victim died;
- Death benefits cover some lost wages to the family of an employee killed in a workplace accident.
Depending on the case, there are also other types of payments and benefits, such as:
- Temporary disability payments;
- Vocational rehabilitation benefits;
- Permanent disability monetary award, which depends on worker’s age, earnings and occupation.
Texas’ Workers’ Workers’ Compensation Insurance doesn’t cover injuries that:
- Are premeditated or self-inflicted;
- Result from voluntary alcohol or drug intoxication;
- Are inflicted by someone for reasons that are not related to the job;
- Are cause by natural disasters (floods, earthquakes, hurricanes), except the jobs which carry a high risk of such accidents;
- Happen during voluntary participation in off-duty activities or events (recreational, social, sports).
Unfortunately, in Texas, employers have no legal obligation to have a worker’s compensation insurance coverage, therefore, many companies choose not to buy such a policy. Still, their obligation is to maintain a safe work environment. If they fail to do so, and accidents take place, they can be held accountable for the injuries suffered by their employees.
Injuries caused by workplace accidents
Injuries occurring on the job can have various impacts on your life. Our lawyers are specialized in assisting clients who have suffered:
- Head, neck, back, shoulder, knee and hand injuries;
- Eye injuries or blindness;
- Hearing problems;
- Loss of limbs;
- Broken or crushed bones;
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI);
- Occupational diseases (asbestosis, black lung disease, dermatitis);
- Work related induced heart attack or stroke;
- First, second, and third degree burns;
- Other severe injuries.
Ways to prevent workplace accidents
There are several things that employees can do to minimize the risk of workplace injuries and stay safe:
- Always stay alert, follow safety rules and make sure you get proper safety training;
- Get plenty of sleep. Poor sleep impairs judgment, your ability to make decisions and slows your reaction time;
- Wear proper footwear to prevent slip-and-fall accidents;
- Make sure you can contact your supervisor in case of emergency or if you identify a hazard;
- Don’t not overexert yourself. Pushing, excessive or improper lifting, pulling, or carrying heavy objects can lead to severe injuries;
- If you have any questions related to your tasks, don’t hesitate to ask;
- Report all injuries, even if they seem minor. They might develop severe complications;
- Get familiar with emergency exits and procedures;
- If your job requires, wear the protective gear provided by your employer (ear plugs, safety goggles, work gloves, hard hats);
- Know your employee rights.
An experienced attorney will protect your rights
Pearland Personal Injury Lawyers provides legal representation for Texas workers and their families for workplace accidents including:
- Product liability – defective products and equipment;
- Assaults and violent acts;
- Environmental hazards – industrial waste, toxic materials (asbestos, benzene or silica dust), chemical burns;
- Construction site accidents – falls from scaffolding, electrocutions, equipment malfunctions, forklift accidents, trench collapses;
- Transportation accidents – overturned vehicles, commercial vehicle crashes, collisions with trucks, tractors, bulldozers or forklifts;
- Onshore or offshore oil industry injuries – oil rig explosions, fires, exploded pipelines, electrocution;
- Trip-and-falls, slip-and-falls;
- Industrial accidents – heavy equipment injuries, being caught in running machinery, repetitive stress injuries.
Pearland Personal Injury Lawyers will help you
When you’ve been a victim of a workplace accident, it’s difficult to understand all legal terms related to workers’ compensation benefits. Pearland Personal Injury Lawyers will offer legal counsel and is ready to pursue the compensation you deserve. So far, we’ve successfully represented victims of workplace accidents from Houston and surrounding areas (Pearland, Brazoria County, Galveston, Fort Bend, Harris).
We are experts in negotiating with insurance companies and if your case gets to court, we have a proven track of being skilled litigators. When necessary, we collaborate with top industry experts, highly qualified investigators, and doctors in order to help injured workers obtain the compensation they deserve after a workplace accident. You focus on recovering and allow us to handle the necessary paperwork.
Call us today to schedule a first consultation which is free. Workplace accidents are subject to a statute of limitation, which means you have a limited amount of time to take action. For this reason, if you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, don’t hesitate to seek out legal help before it’s too late.