Few things are worse than sustaining a workplace injury. Unfortunately, injuries on the job happen every single day here in the U.S., and if you’re someone who recently sustained a work-related injury, you may qualify for financial compensation. Contact a knowledgeable San Angelo work injury lawyer from The Mathis Law Firm today to learn more about how our legal team can help.
Do I Need a San Angelo Work Injury Lawyer?
Most states require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which is a form of no-fault insurance. This means that even if the worker caused their own injury, they’ll still likely be entitled to compensation through this insurance to help cover the cost of their medical bills and a portion of their lost wages. However, Texas employers don’t have to carry this insurance, and the only way their employers can be compensated for their injuries is through third-party claims. It’s imperative that you file your claim only with the assistance of a seasoned Tom Green County, Texas personal injury lawyer.
The Most Injury-Prone Jobs
Although injuries can occur in just about any workplace, there are certain job sites that are, statistically speaking, more dangerous than others. Just some of the most injury-prone jobs are as follows:
- Construction workers
- Oilfield workers
- Oil refinery workers
- Taxi drivers
- Delivery drivers/truckers
Common Workplace Injuries
Of course, the chances of a person sustaining certain types of injuries depend on their specific line of work, however, some of the most common occupational injuries are as follows:
- Loss of hearing
- Loss of eyesight
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Broken bones
- Repetitive motion injuries (RMIs)
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
As previously mentioned, employers in Texas are not required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Therefore, if your employer doesn’t carry this insurance, your only path to compensation is through a third-party personal injury claim. In this claim, we’ll seek to prove that your injury was caused directly by a third party who is not your employer. For example, if you were injured due to a structural collapse, you may sue the property owner. Or, if you were hurt due to defective machinery, we can sue the product manufacturer or designer via a product liability claim. Other examples of potentially-liable third parties are as follows:
- Independent contractors
- Security firms
- Attackers in the case of workplace violence
As long as we can satisfy the burden of proof in your third-party claim, meaning we can prove that you were injured as a direct result of someone else’s negligence, you should receive compensation to help you cope with the physical, financial, and emotional damages you’ve incurred as a result of your workplace injury.
Contact a Texas Work Injury Lawyer
If you were hurt on the job, our firm is ready to help. Contact The Mathis Law Firm to schedule your free initial consultation with our seasoned legal team today.