Hiring a Work Injury Lawyer in Texas
Every profession has certain risks associated with it. Some are more obvious, such as careers in industrial or chemical plants. In any work environment, however, the employer is responsible for ensuring the safety of the workers. That includes proper training and providing a safe workplace. If you have been involved in an accident while on the job, you should contact a work injury lawyer
to discuss whether or not you should file a workers' compensation or personal injury claim.
An Employer’s Responsibility
According to the Texas Labor Code, every employer should provide an environment that is reasonably safe and healthy for its employees. Additionally, according to the code, an employer is required to:
- Use safeguards such as sanitation and hygiene to protect employees
- Take any other necessary actions to make the workplace safe
Typically, a deviation from these standards is a good indication that an employer has been negligent and caused your workplace injury.
Following an Incident
There are several legal avenues of recovery a victim may explore following a work-related injury. If your employer subscribes to worker’s compensation, you can file a workers' comp claim to get money for your injuries. If your employer does not utilize worker’s compensation, however, an attorney can help you file a claim for negligence. Make sure you understand that if you accept worker’s compensation benefits, you may be precluded from filing a claim for negligence in personal injury law. It is always advisable to consult with an attorney before accepting workers' comp benefits.
If your injury was a result of a defective product or even a third party, your attorney may recommend that you file a claim against that party in addition to filing for workers' compensation. In any case, the damages you recover may be used to cover:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Compensation for pain and suffering
A work injury lawyer in Texas keeps abreast of the laws as they pertain to on-the-job injuries. If you have suffered an accident at work, it is in your best interest to contact an attorney so you understand what you are entitled to in terms of damages. A lawyer can build a compelling case to secure you the compensation you need to cover both financial, physical and emotional damages you have suffered. Call (800) 494-1916 now
for a free discussion of your potential work injury case with an attorney from Welmaker Law Firm, P.C.