Texas Work Injury Lawyer

Get Help from a Capable Texas Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

When you go to work, you should be able to rely on your employer for a reasonable level of workplace safety. If you’re injured while at work, you may need to file a personal injury claim against your employer in order to get compensation. However, most workers’ compensation cases in Texas will not involve a lawsuit. Texas has its own unique workers’ compensation law that dictates how you’ll go about getting compensation after a work injury.

If you’ve suffered a work injury, you may be owed certain Texas workers’ compensation benefits. If your employer doesn’t carry workers’ compensation insurance or disputes your claim, then you may need to file a lawsuit to get whatever you may be owed. Injured workers who face challenges getting coverage should reach out to an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer for help.

Here at The Lopez Law Group, we’re proud to help injured workers pursue workers’ compensation claims to get the coverage they need. If you need compensation after a workplace accident, an experienced workers’ compensation attorney with The Lopez Law Group can help you seek justice and financial relief.

When Do You Need a Texas Work Injury Attorney?

Your Employer Is Uninsured

Compensation for work injuries in Texas is generally delivered through workers' compensation insurance coverage. If your employer doesn’t have coverage, you may need to sue for damages and income benefits.

Insurance Denied Your Claim

The first place most workers will turn for compensation after a work-related injury is workers' compensation insurance. However, if the insurance company denies your claim, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Your Employer Disputes Your Claim

In order to get coverage through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance, your claim must match your employer’s version of events. If your employer tries to dispute the facts of your claim, get an attorney.

You Suffered a Disabling Injury

If you’ve suffered an injury that’s left you unable to meet the requirements of your position, you should consider consulting with an attorney before filing a workers’ compensation claim in Texas.

You Are Facing Retaliation

If you face retaliation at work due to your Texas worker’s compensation claim, you should get help from an experienced workers’ comp attorney to ensure your rights are protected. You may need to file a lawsuit against your employer.

What to Do After a Workplace Injury

If you’ve been injured at work, you will need to take steps in order to ensure that your rights to compensation are protected. After a workplace accident, you should follow the steps below to secure your case:

  • Seek Medical Attention – If you’ve been injured, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
  • Inform Your Employer – Let your employer know as soon as possible that an accident has occurred and you have suffered an injury.
  • Complete an Injury Report – Having documentation of the accident can strengthen your case. Be sure to note any contributing factors.
  • Follow Doctor’s Orders – Follow your doctor’s orders as precisely as possible to protect your right to compensation.
  • Consult With an Attorney – Before pursuing a claim, an injured worker should seek guidance from a personal injury attorney.

 

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How Does Workers Compensation Work in Texas?

In many states, workers’ compensation is handled by a state agency. However, under the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act, workers’ compensation in the state is handled by workers’ compensation insurance providers. Employers are not required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, but failing to carry insurance opens them up to a personal injury lawsuit in case a worker is ever injured on the job. 

Injured Texas workers are protected under the law, but it may not be easy to get the compensation they deserve without legal assistance. A workers’ compensation lawyer like those on the team at The Lopez Law Group can help you navigate the complex laws governing workers comp claims in Texas, and we’d be proud to help you fight for whatever compensation you may deserve.

How Much Is My Workplace Injury Claim Worth?

If you’ve been injured at work in Texas, you may be owed certain income and medical benefits. These benefits will depend on the severity of your injury and the impact it has on your finances. However, if you need to get relief through a work injury lawsuit, then the compensation that you may receive will be divided into two categories: economic and non-economic damages. 

While economic damages are meant to compensate for financial losses, non-economic damages are meant to compensate for harm without a calculable cost.

Economic Damages

  • Lost wages
  • Medical costs
  • Reduced earning power
  • Death benefits
  • Funeral expenses

Non-economic Damages

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Disfigurement
  • Scarring
  • Reduced quality of life

What Industries Are Most at Risk of Workplace Injuries?

The unfortunate fact is that some workers are more at risk of workplace injuries than others due to the profession in which they operate. If you work in one of these industries, it’s especially important that you know about your rights to workers’ compensation in Texas. The National Safety Council has reported data on which industries are most at risk of work injuries, with a total of 15 industries being included in the data. You can discover which industries are the most dangerous below:

  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting – This industry sees the highest number of fatal work injuries but is in 13th place for non-fatal injuries.
  • Mining – Mining sees the second-highest number of fatal injuries but the 15th-highest number of nonfatal injuries.
  • Transportation and Warehousing – In third place for fatal injuries, transportation and warehousing is in 5th place for the most nonfatal injuries.
  • Construction – Construction is in 4th for fatal workplace injuries and 8th for non-fatal injuries.
  • Education and Health Services – This industry sees the highest number of non-fatal injuries, but it falls in 15th place for fatal injuries.
  • Government – Government workers saw the second-highest number of non-fatal injuries and are tied for the 11th-highest number of fatal injuries.
  • Retail – Retail is in third place for non-fatal injuries, but tied for 11th place for fatal injuries.
  • Manufacturing – Falling in fourth place for non-fatal injuries, manufacturing sees the 10th-highest number of fatal injuries. 

How Long Do I Have to File a Workers Compensation Claim in Texas?

After a work injury in Texas, you will need to notify your employer within 30 days that an injurious accident has occurred in order to protect your rights to compensation. You will have one year from the point of your accident in which to file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer’s insurance. However, if you plan on filing a lawsuit to get work injury compensation, you may have up to two years from the point of your accident in which to take legal action. If you’re unsure about how quickly you need to act, you should consult with a workers’ compensation attorney.

Why Hire The Lopez Law Group?

Only Pay If You Win

We work on contingency. That means that we get paid as a part of your workers’ compensation settlement. In other words, we only get paid when and if you do.

Bilingual Services

Serving the Rio Grande Valley, we’re proud to offer our services in both English and Spanish as needed by our clients. We can use which language works best for you.

Reliable Experience

With more than 15 years of experience handling personal injury cases, The Lopez Law Group has the expertise you need to bring a successful workers’ compensation case.

Fierce Representation

If you’ve been injured at work, you need an attorney who will put your needs first. We’ll fight tirelessly on your behalf to get the workers’ compensation you need.

Clear Communication

We’ll keep you updated and informed throughout your workers’ compensation claim process, enabling you to recover in comfort.

If you’ve been injured at work, you can reach out to our Texas workers’ compensation lawyers at The Lopez Law Group to learn about the path forward.

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