What to Know about Work Injury Cases

What to Know about Work Injury Cases

Aug 02

Have you been injured on the job? If so, you might be uncertain how to respond. The purpose of this article is to explore various types of workplace injuries and some of the steps you should take to ensure that you are fairly compensated for any physical or financial damages caused by the injury.

Workplace injuries can occur in any industry from welding to shipping to manufacturing, but the highest rates tend to be in jobs that require strenuous physical effort. Injuries can be caused by objects falling over, slips because of wet floors, machinery malfunctions, and many more. Any workplace injury, however, even if you think you are at fault, has potential for legal recourse. To be certain, you should perform your own research regarding cases like yours and contact a lawyer with any questions that you might have.

Immediately following your injury, you should seek medical attention. Many companies direct employees to a company-friendly doctor. Please note that you are not required to see this doctor – you always maintain the right to seek professional medical care from whichever provider you choose. Unfortunately, some doctors might give inaccurate diagnoses due to an allegiance with your employer. This is not always the case, but it is important to know if you are considering legal action against your employer.

Usually, following a workplace injury, your employer may request that you sign a release form. You are not required to sign this release and you probably should not do so until contacting your attorney to determine if it is in your best interest to do so. A company might try to unfairly compensate you for your injury and if you settle, you risk losing access to some legal recourse and potentially higher reparations. Please contact an attorney if you are unsure whether or not to sign anything related to your workplace injury.

If you are uncertain of the cause of the injury, you should contact an attorney with your questions and any information that might help your case. Often times, someone involved in a workplace accident will initially think that the injury was due to their own negligence or oversight. However, even if it appears that the injury was your fault, your injury may have been prompted by unsafe working conditions of which you weren’t even aware. Companies have legal and contractual responsibilities to ensure the safety of their workers by providing safe working conditions and safety training. If your employer failed to adhere to their commitment to your safety, they might be wholly or partially responsible for your injury.

In Texas, specifically, some employers might not carry workers’ compensation insurance. These are called nonsubscribers. Even if you work for one of these employers, however, you might still be eligible for representation and financial compensation. According to Williams Kherker Law Firm, “If you were hurt while working for a non-subscriber, you may be eligible to file a negligence claim against your employer to hold them accountable for your injuries.”