There are a lot of dangerous jobs in Texas. When employers don’t take the necessary precautions, workers can be injured in accidents such as falls, spills, explosions, and motor vehicle accidents.
At The Lenahan Law Firm, we have won large settlements for injured workers and their families. When we sit down with you to go over your case, we’ll determine the best strategy for pursuing compensation.
If you were seriously injured or a loved one was hurt or killed in a workplace accident, speak to an experienced Dallas injury lawyer at The Lenahan Law Firm by calling (214) 295-1008.
In many cases, injured workers have the right to workers' compensation benefits. But Texas doesn’t require employers to provide workers’ compensation coverage to their employees. In fact, more than one out of four private, year-round employers in Texas doesn’t carry workers’ compensation insurance at all. There are no liability limits for companies that don’t carry workers compensation insurance, and that means their employees can receive high damage awards for worker injury cases.
Even if you have workers’ compensation, your attorney may be able to pursue additional compensation from third parties such as negligent equipment manufacturers, independent contractors, or property owners.
The underlying cause of many workplace accidents is a failure to comply with safety regulations. When this happens, the business that endangered you or your loved one must be held accountable for their negligence.
Safety rules don’t just apply to employers. Construction companies, maintenance providers, and oil refineries are expected to follow all regulations outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Property owners also share responsibility for making sure workers are safe.
When a construction crew is renovating the floor of an office building, the building should be free of unexpected safety hazards. If a worker trips and falls down a flight of stairs due to a broken light or if faulty electrical wiring injures a carpenter, that worker may be able to file a premises liability claim against the property owner.
Property owners are required to make sure a jobsite is free of foreseeable hazards and inspect all areas to ensure workers are not injured or killed. If a property owner fails to do this, a worker may be able to pursue a third-party claim against them.
If a construction worker was driving between job sites and was injured in a car accident, they may be able to file for workers’ compensation. As long as you were on the job while you were injured, then you are eligible to recover your medical bills and lost wages through workers’ compensation.
Unfortunately, workers’ compensation doesn’t always cover the full costs of your injuries. And workers’ compensation is also not available for contractors. But as non-subscribers, contractors may be able to file third-party claims against their employer if they were injured due to employer negligence.
Your attorney will review every party involved in your accident to determine liability. Even if you are covered by workers’ compensation, you may be able to file a personal injury claim if a third-party contributed to your accident. Third parties may include:
- Reckless truck drivers
- Independent contractors on a jobsite
- Negligent property owners in slip-and-fall accidents
- Careless manufacturers who make defective products, tools, and equipment
The overwhelming majority of workplace accidents could have been prevented if employers simply followed safety regulations. It’s also essential to make sure that all employers and supervisors have the proper equipment and training.
Many jobs in Texas have a high risk of severe injury, including jobs where workers are exposed to difficult working conditions or toxic chemicals. Faulty industrial equipment such as saws and drills that don’t have the proper safety features also cause workplace injuries.
Common workplace injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Paralysis caused by spinal cord injury
- Loss of limb
- Severe burns
- Crush injuries
- Nerve damages
- Internal organ damage
- Orthopedic injuries
- Respiratory ailments
- Toxic chemical exposure
If your loved one was covered by worker’s compensation, then their survivors are entitled to reimbursement to cover funeral costs and provide income replacement. But if your loved one’s Texas employer did not carry workers’ compensation insurance, surviving family members have no other option besides suing the employer to recover compensation for funeral costs, income replacement, pain and suffering, and penalties for gross negligence.
Texas is a dangerous place for working people. Some of the most hazardous occupations include:
- Oil workers
- Delivery drivers
- Garbage collectors
- Construction Workers
- Transportation workers
- Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
At The Lenahan Law Firm, our mission is to help you recover fair and full compensation so you can move on with your life. That means making sure you have the financial resources to get the best possible medical care.
Our diligent team of attorneys has recovered millions of dollars in settlements for our clients. We will take the necessary time to focus on your case because we only handle a limited number of severe injury cases. The Lenahan Law Firm has the resources to take on big insurance companies and win. Call (214) 295-1008 to learn more today. We’re on your side.
- Texas Chemical Plant Explosions
- The History of the Fair Labor Standards Act
- Dangers of Oilrigs and Oilfields
- What If My Employer Failed To Abide By Safety Regulations?
- The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
- Texas Workforce Commission