Houston Workplace Injury Attorney
Workplace injuries can result in substantial medical bills and lost wages for victims. Unfortunately, there are times when injured workers have trouble securing the compensation they deserve. At Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP, our team is here to help victims of workplace injuries. Our attorneys will investigate every aspect of your case to secure the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP For This Case?
If you have trouble receiving compensation after an on-the-job injury, you need a skilled attorney working on your behalf. Let Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP help you today.
- We have extensive experience conducting work injuries cases, so we have the resources necessary to pursue full compensation for your claim.
- We believe in providing personalized attention to every case. We take the time to get to know every client and formulate a strategy that will fit the needs of each situation.
- We take Houston work injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that we only collect when you collect.
What Will An Attorney Do To Help?
The reality is that most injured workers do not have the resources or experience necessary to investigate their claim and go up against aggressive insurance carriers or their employers. A skilled Houston workplace injury lawyer will:
- Obtain all evidence related to the work injury, including eyewitness statements, any available video or photo footage, accident reports, and more.
- Have a trusted medical professional evaluate the client’s injuries and accurately calculate total damages.
- Negotiate with all parties involved to obtain fair compensation on behalf of their client.
How Often Do Workplace Injuries Occur?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), approximately 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries or illnesses happened during the last reporting year. Injury type varies widely and, thankfully, most of them are relatively minor.
However, thousands of workers sustain severe injuries that lead to them incurring major medical expenses, missing work, and are sometimes left permanently disabled. At Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP, our Houston workplace injury lawyers regularly help clients who have sustained the following:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe sprains and strains
- Lacerations or puncture wounds
- Amputation injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Open head wounds
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
It is important to note that not all injuries are immediately apparent or happen suddenly. Workplaces also pose different types of danger due to exposure to hazardous conditions. In many cases, workers receive injuries by performing the same motions over and over again, which can lead to repetitive motion injuries (such as carpal tunnel syndrome).
Workers can also experience hearing and vision loss due to exposure to unsafe noise levels and hazardous elements in the air, respectively. Workers can develop illnesses such as respiratory diseases and certain occupational cancers due to exposure to dangerous chemicals and carcinogens in the workplace.
Common Causes Of Workplace Injuries
While some jobs pose more risks to workers than others (such as construction, manufacturing, transportation, etc.), every workplace poses risks for employees. Some of the most common causes of workplace accidents include:
- Incidents while lifting objects
- Worker fatigue
- Worker dehydration
- For workplace lighting
- Hazardous materials
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Vehicle accidents while on-the-job
- Getting caught in between objects
- Falling objects
- Defective equipment in the workplace
- Improper safety equipment
- Improper worker training
Will Workers’ Compensation Cover A Workplace Injury?
In Texas, the workers’ compensation insurance system is “no-fault,” meaning that workers can receive compensation for their injuries regardless of who was at fault for the damage. Most Texas employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees.
If the workplace injury is caused by a party other than the employer (e.g.: a subcontractor, another company, a defective product, etc.), the injured worker may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
What Type Of Compensation Is Available For These Cases?
Different types of compensation are available to those who have sustained an on-the-job injury depending on the case. At Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP, our team regularly helps clients recover the following:
- Coverage of all medical bills related to the injury
- Lost wages a victim incurs as a result of time away from work
- Temporary or permanent disability per workers’ comp laws
While most work injury cases will revolve around workers’ compensation insurance, a victim may file a lawsuit if their injury was caused by a third party other than their employer. In these cases, higher amounts of compensation may be available as well as coverage for pain and suffering damages. The total amount of compensation available for a work injury varies depending on the facts of the case.
How Long Do You Have To File A Work Injury Claim?
Texas requires injured workers to report their injury to their employer within 30 days of the incident occurring. The employee will then have one year to file a workers’ compensation claim for their case.
If a personal injury lawsuit is against a third party, the victim has two years from the date the incident occurred to file a claim.
Speak To An Attorney As Soon As Possible
If you or somebody you love is having trouble recovering full compensation for a workplace injury, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP, we are ready to conduct a full investigation into your claim to secure your compensation. We are not afraid of aggressive insurance carriers or employers. When you need a Houston workplace injury attorney, you can contact us online to schedule a free consultation or call our office at (713) 574-4600.