Houston Workplace Accident Attorneys
On-the-Job Accidents & Work-Related Injuries in Texas
No one should have to fear for their safety at work. Unfortunately, workplace accidents are incredibly common, and they often lead to catastrophic injuries, costly medical care, and weeks or months of lost wages. In Texas, employers are not required to carry workers’ compensation, meaning you may need to bring a lawsuit against your employer or another liable party to recover compensation after a work-related injury or illness.
At The Shellist Law Firm, PLLC, we proudly represent injured workers in Houston and throughout Harris County, as well as the families of fatal workplace accident victims. We understand the many complexities involved in these cases, and we are prepared to use our decades of trial experience to your advantage.
Common Workplace Accidents & Injuries
Workers across all industries face various risks on the job.
Some of the most common workplace accidents and incidents include:
- Slip and falls
- Falls from heights
- Being struck by falling objects
- Machinery, equipment, and tool accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Contact with hot surfaces, substances, and objects
- Overexertion and overuse
- Commercial vehicle accidents
- Toxic exposure
- Being caught between moving objects
These and other common workplace accidents often lead to the following types of injuries:
- Broken bones/fractures
- Burn injuries
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic illness, including respiratory illness and mesothelioma
- Sprains and strains
Treating these and other common work-related injuries and illnesses can be painful, costly, and time-consuming. At The Shellist Law Firm, PLLC, we believe that you should not have to shoulder these burdens on your own.
Who Is Liable for a Workplace Accident in Texas?
Texas is the only state that does not require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance (with some exceptions). This means that, unless your employer has elected to voluntarily purchase workers’ compensation insurance, you are not covered.
If you are not covered by workers’ compensation insurance, you may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against an employer or another liable party if you can prove:
- You were injured and suffered damages
- The defendant owed you a duty of care
- The defendant failed to uphold the duty of care
- Your injuries and damages were the result of the defendant’s negligence or misconduct
Third-party work injury claims operate in essentially the same way as a standard personal injury claim. You may be able to recover compensation for both economic and non-economic damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning ability, and pain and suffering, among others.
Who Is Covered by Workers’ Comp in Texas?
Most private employers in Texas are not required to carry workers’ compensation. This means that you are only covered by workers’ compensation if your employer has voluntarily chosen to purchase workers’ compensation insurance, and you are a covered employee. However, there are some exceptions.
Public entities must provide workers’ compensation insurance for public employees, and private employers who contract with public entities may also be required to cover employees. This includes contractors working for public employers, as well as most city, county, and state employees.
If you are covered by workers’ compensation, you can file for the following benefits after a workplace accident or work-related injury:
- Medical benefits
- Temporary wage replacement
- Permanent income benefits
- Supplemental income benefits
- Lifetime income benefits
- Death benefits
You do not need to prove that your employer, a coworker, or anyone else was negligent to file for workers’ compensation.
Call The Shellist Law Firm, PLLC for Help with Your Work Injury Claim
Whether you need help filing a workers’ compensation claim, or you believe you have grounds to bring a lawsuit against your employer for negligence, our firm can help. Led by founding attorney and recognized leader in the local legal community, Steven Shellist, our team offers aggressive representation to those injured in workplace accidents, as well as those affected by work-related injuries, illnesses, and medical conditions. We have decades of trial experience and are known for our innovative, collaborative approach to litigation.
As your legal team, we will always be there to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you navigate any challenge that may arise. Our Houston work injury lawyers work tirelessly to help our clients heal, get back on their feet, and move forward with their lives. We understand the impact a serious workplace accident or injury can have on both victims and their families; we are ready to tirelessly pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.
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