Houston Work Accident Lawyers Bringing Negligent Parties to Justice
Workplace accidents are far too common in Houston and throughout the country. In a single day, a large number of workers will be injured on the job in some way, whether it’s from a slip and fall or from being exposed to dangerous chemicals or other hazards.
In spite of this, many negligent employers fail to provide their employees with the proper safety equipment needed to keep them safe as they perform their duties. They also may neglect to take all appropriate steps necessary to keep their employees out of harm’s way.
If you have been injured on the job because your employer wasn’t taking the necessary precautions required by law, contact our Houston work accident attorneys today for help getting compensation for your injuries.
We help protect the rights of injured workers and can represent you with an injury claim or a workers’ compensation claim. A work injury can put you out of work for months or even years and can cause you to take significant time away from your family. Your employer has a legal responsibility to keep you free from harm, and we can help hold them accountable for any negligence that leads to an injury.
If you are injured on the job in Houston and it was not your fault, then the company responsible may be required to compensate you financially through workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits provide injured workers with financial support while they are unable to work and also allows them access to medical care throughout their recovery.
You should never have to pay anything out-of-pocket when pursuing workers’ compensation benefits in Texas; however, if you are injured on the job and your employer contests your claim, you may need to file an appeal to get the benefits that you deserve.
If a member of your family has been seriously injured or killed as a result of negligence at the workplace, it is extremely important that you get legal advice from an experienced work injury lawyer. The insurance company of the responsible party will do their best to downplay your case and limit your workers’ compensation settlement.
At Schechter, Shaffer & Harris L.L.P, we will not allow companies to quiet your voice. If your employer has committed any Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety violations, we want to make sure they are brought to justice.
Let us explain your rights and determine what the best legal recourse is for your injuries under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act. For help with a third-party claim or a workers’ compensation claim, contact our Houston work injury law firm today to get the help you need.
What Are Common Workplace Injuries?
Workplace injuries vary considerably depending on the industry in which you work and can range from carpal tunnel syndrome to lung disease and everything in between. Common types of workplace injuries include:
- Repetitive motion injuries—from performing the same motion day after day, such as typing or working on an assembly line
- Vehicle accidents—common with truck drivers and delivery personnel
- Slips and falls – leading to broken bones or head injuries
- Being struck by an object—common on construction sites or in warehouses
- Falling from heights—common among construction workers
- Overexertion injuries—related to pulling, pushing, lifting, grasping, carrying, throwing, etc.
- Chemical burns
- Rashes that develop into cancers (such as mesothelioma)
- Hearing loss resulting from prolonged exposure to loud noise
- Nervous system damage due to lack of protection against electric currents
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Toxic gas exposure
- Lung-related illnesses
- Musculoskeletal disorders
No matter what injury or serious injuries you have suffered, we can provide you with the legal representation you deserve to overcome your workplace accident and get the workers’ comp benefits or personal injury claim compensation you deserve.
What Compensation Can I Recover Through an Injury Claim?
In addition to access to health care, you may be able to recover compensation for losses resulting from your injury. These losses include:
- Medical expenses related to the accident and all necessary surgeries, physical therapy, etc., required throughout recovery
- Lost income—the amount of money you would have earned if you had not been injured
- The cost of any assistive devices needed following a work-related injury—wheelchairs, crutches, canes, eyeglasses, or hearing aids
- Reasonable and necessary job retraining that will allow you to return to gainful employment at some point in the future
- Loss of earning capacity due to a permanent disability resulting from a serious workplace injury
- Lost future earnings if a fatal accident results in the loss of a breadwinner—particularly important in cases involving small children or elderly parents
- Punitive damages in cases where the employer or other party was aware of workplace dangers but failed to protect employees
- Pain and suffering due to permanent injury or scarring. Mental anguish can also be recovered as a non-economic damage.
- Loss of consortium resulting from an accident that leaves you disabled for life—losses include loss of love, affection, guidance, etc. in your relationship with a spouse or parent; this may also apply to children whose parents are seriously injured in an accident at work
- Funeral expenses if death results from the accident. If someone has died in a workplace accident caused by unsafe conditions, such as exposure to toxic chemicals or a construction site accident, family members can file wrongful death claims seeking compensation for all losses associated with the victim’s death.
The compensation and benefits you may be entitled to may vary depending on the severity of your injury and whether you are filing for an injury claim or a workers’ compensation claim. In either case, seeking out a work injury attorney can help you figure out your next steps going forward. Contact our Houston injury law firm today to get the legal help you need.
Can a Work Injury Attorney Help Me Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Sometimes employees are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The most common type of work injury that qualifies is an accident that causes a physical injury. This includes accidents that result in heat exhaustion, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other ailments typically associated with strenuous job conditions. However, there are certain situations where you may be denied compensation for your workplace accident if you file a claim yourself without legal help. We aim to ensure that your claim will be approved and you won’t forfeit valuable benefits:
If your injury was caused by a third party, such as faulty machinery or negligence of a coworker, the insurance provider will often deny or delay payment. This is especially true in cases where liability is complicated and can only be determined through an investigation. Let us help you retain your rights as an injured worker and get you the best results moving forward.
How Can An Experienced Workers’ Comp Lawyer in Houston Help?
If you or someone you know has been injured at work or killed on the job, you need a Houston work accident lawyer that will fight for justice on your behalf. The workers’ compensation attorneys at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. know how to win cases against small and large companies alike—you deserve to have lawyers just as experienced and aggressive as theirs. We are dedicated to your cause and can help you fight and win your case.