What Do I Do After a Workplace Accident in Texas?

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There are many jobs in the state of Texas that have a higher degree of risk than others. However, it is important that safety precautions are taken at all places of work, even ones that do not seem dangerous. This is because workplace accidents can happen, causing life-changing injuries to employees. In the event of this, it is important for employees to know that compensation can be sought. When facing this situation, it is important to have the assistance of a Texas personal injury attorney.

How Can a Workplace Accident Happen?

Employers are legally obligated to make sure that their employees are safe while on the job. This is done by providing the proper safety equipment and training. Failure to do so can result in the hazards that cause the following accidents:

  • Slip and falls
  • Trip and falls
  • Muscle strains
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Crashes or collisions
  • Inhaling toxic fumes
  • Loud noise exposure
  • Being hit by falling objects

How Can I Recover Compensation?

When employees are injured on the job, they must report the incident to their employer immediately. This can begin the process of recovering workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is insurance that provides injured employees with certain benefits that cover any damages due to the incident. This can include medical care, supplemental benefits, long term benefits, death benefits, and more.

While this is true, there are other scenarios in which the injuries were caused by the negligence of a third party. This can include subcontractors, equipment manufacturers, designers, and more. In these situations, the injured party can file a lawsuit against the third party for negligence. If successful in proving negligence, they may be able to recover compensation for any damages due to the accident. However, they may be required to pay back the workers’ compensation they received, as they are not permitted to collect both workers’ compensation and third-party compensation. 

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If you or someone you know has been wrongly injured, you must not wait. Our firm is ready to help you through each step of the legal process to help you recover the financial compensation you need to move on with your life. We are ready to help–all you have to do is contact Brock & Goetzmann, PLLC today.

 
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