Work Injuries

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Work Accident Lawsuits in Texas

If you or someone you care about has been injured on the job, whether it be on a construction site or in an office, it may feel natural to turn to workers’ compensation to get the benefits you need to recover. However, Texas is the only state in the union that does not require employers to have workers’ compensation coverage. Therefore, let your work injury lawyer verify if your employer is a subscriber or not. Secondly, let us see if there is a negligent party and possibly a personal injury claim.

At Chris Morrow Law, PLLC, Attorney Chris Morrow has handled many work injury claims for clients who have been injured in Austin and elsewhere in Texas and can sit with you in a free consultation to determine whether this is an option for you. We’re also connected to local medical professionals who can diagnose your injuries and get you the treatment you need before we work to settle your injury claim. If someone besides your employer caused your injuries, you could have a valuable third-party claim.

Work Injury Claims Vs. Workers’ Comp Claims

People confuse work injury claims with workers’ compensation claims all the time, but the two are extremely different and are determined based on fault. A worker who is injured on the job can file for workers’ compensation benefits (assuming their employer is a Texas subscriber) without needing to prove that their employer or coworkers are at fault for their damages. As an employee you have certain rights, including receiving benefits after an accident for damages like lost earnings, medical expenses, and permanent impairment.

In some cases, workers can file third-party personal injury claims when they’re injured on the job by an individual or company who isn’t their employer. In these claims, victims must establish that the third party was negligent and that this negligence contributed to their damages, just like any other personal injury claim. In addition to receiving compensation for medical bills and lost wages, individuals can also be compensated for pain and suffering, which individuals who file workers’ comp claims aren’t necessarily entitled to.

Damages You Can Recover After a Work Injury

Work injury claims can be complex to navigate when other parties are involved. It’s likely that third parties and their insurance companies will try to distance themselves as much as possible from your accident and blame your employer instead or you, the victim. Having a personal injury attorney representing you is important so all of these potential consequences can be anticipated.

By filing a work injury claim on your behalf, we can recover damages like your medical bills, which may total hundreds of thousands of dollars if you’ve had to be hospitalized or undergo surgery. We can also provide for your lost income, any property damage that occurred, and non-economic damages like mental anguish and physical suffering, which are damages that the typical workers’ comp claim might not cover.

Common Work Injuries & Accidents

While some on-the-job accidents can cause minor injuries that put workers out of work for a few days like sprains or fractures, many are serious, especially in dangerous industries, and can result in death. In 2016 alone, there were 545 fatal workplace injuries reported in Texas – a 3 percent rise from the year before.

Attorney Chris Morrow has handled work injury claims that have risen from a variety of accidents, some of the most common including:

  • Auto accidents: Car accidents are a leading cause of injuries in the United States – more than 6 million crashes occur every year – so it comes as no surprise to learn that auto accidents account for many work injury claims. Individuals can file third-party claims when they’re injured by other drivers while on the road for work. Some common causes of car crashes include drunk driving, distracted driving, and speeding – all of which are human errors and can be considered negligent behavior.
  • Construction accidents: The construction industry is one of the most dangerous workplaces, as it comes with a variety of accident opportunities. Construction workers have to work with heavy machinery, equipment, and vehicles, scale tall and unstable buildings, handle harmful and toxic substances, and more. All it takes is one error to serious injure or kill someone else. Some workers can file injury claims when a third party injures them, like a contractor or building owner.
  • Oilfield accidents: Texas is known for its massive oil industry, so it makes sense that some work injury claims involve oilfield accidents. Oil workers, like construction workers, face a range of dangers every day, from coming into contact with toxic gases and liquids to having to work with heavy equipment and machinery. If you’ve been injured on an oilfield after being struck by an object or being exposed to mercury or silica, you may be eligible to file a work injury claim.

Some of the most common work-related injuries our lawyer has seen include bone fractures, amputations, dislocated joints, and neck and back injuries. Workers can also experience severe traumatic brain injuries when they fall from heights or are struck on the head by flying objects. Some injuries are permanent and can result in loss of limbs, nerve damage, or hearing or vision loss.

Attorney Chris Morrow cares about each of our clients’ recovery and can fight for you using his 25+ years of litigation experience.

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