Houston Workplace Injury Attorney
Every type of workplace poses potential threats to worker health and safety. Some industries are more dangerous than others, but that doesn’t mean injuries can’t occur in an office or a warehouse position. Holding a position in a dangerous industry does not increase or decrease your ability to receive workers’ compensation or pursue a personal injury claim. However, you should stay on your guard and wary of unsafe employment practices and environments. After any type of workplace injury, talk to someone at Brian White & Associates before seeking workers’ compensation. You may want to file a civil claim against your employer or another party.
Workers’ Compensation Laws in Texas
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, about 2.9 million workplace injuries and illnesses occurred in 2015 in the US. This does not include fatal injuries. Workers can sustain injuries in all manner of ways during job-related tasks, from slips and falls to vehicle accidents. Common job-related injuries include falls, struck-by objects, and repetitive motion injuries.
Texas’ workers’ compensation program gives injured workers a means of financial recovery for a portion of lost wages, medical bills, and disability after work-related accident, without needing to prove fault. Workers’ comp may seem like the simplest solution to your workplace injury, but it might not be the best or only choice.
It is important to consider all your options after an injury at work. When you file for workers’ comp, you immediately surrender your right to file a personal injury claim against your employer. This might not be the best choice for workers injured by someone else’s negligence. A personal injury claim might take more time, money, and effort than filing for workers’ comp, but it can typically result in larger compensation awards.
A lawsuit can pay for everything workers’ comp covers, as well as full wage recovery, pain and suffering, lost quality of life, and other intangible losses. If an attorney thinks you have a chance of winning, it might be worthwhile to file a personal injury instead of a workers’ comp claim.
There are situations where you could file for workers’ comp and a personal injury lawsuit. If a third party caused or contributed to your injuries, you can file a claim against this party at the same time as a workers’ comp claim. This is because the law does not bar workers from pursuing recovery from third parties. A third party might be a product manufacturer, coworker, or independent contractor. Third party claims are common in workplace injury lawsuits. The competent team at Brian White & Associates can help you with this type of case in Houston.
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Why Choose a Work Injury Lawyer at Brian White & Associates?
A workplace injury can change your life. It can limit your abilities temporarily or permanently, forcing you to seek work elsewhere or file for disability. It can result in lifelong medical costs, such as live-in care, rehabilitation therapy, and special medical equipment. A traumatic injury such as brain damage or a spinal cord injury can even end in wrongful death. As an injured worker or a loved one, it is within your rights to seek justice through every outlet of the law – workers’ compensation and the civil court system.
The legal team at Brian White & Associates has years of experience in workplace injury law in Texas. We know when our clients should pursue workers’ compensation and when they should file for a personal injury claim instead. We may be able to help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries through multiple means. Our team can take over communication with insurance companies and bill collectors on your behalf, so you can focus on healing after a traumatic workplace accident. Contact us to schedule your free consultation.