An injury on the job can be devastating for a Texas worker, whether you’re working on an oil rig, driving a truck, or laboring on a construction site.
When unsafe conditions, inadequate safety equipment or procedures, or negligence cause a serious accident, you may find yourself facing physical limitations that prevent you from working, significant medical expenses, and other losses. A serious injury can affect every aspect of your life, including your relationships with family members and your ability to contribute around the house. A serious injury also can affect you emotionally as you’re unable to live the way you once did.
You may be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits, but that often doesn’t cover everything you lost. You may still end up struggling to pay the rent or mortgage or cover other daily living expenses.
However, when your injuries were the result of negligence, you may have options for filing a personal injury lawsuit that can help restore what you lost because of a work accident. The dedicated Houston work accident lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. have decades of experience helping injured Texas workers to pursue compensation for injuries caused by negligence.
Just because an accident happens while you’re on the job doesn’t necessarily mean that your employer is responsible. Sometimes there may be other people or companies involved, which can complicate the question of who is liable to pay your medical costs or compensate you for other losses you experienced.
A skilled Houston work accident lawyer such as those at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can discuss the specifics of your case and explain your options for pursuing compensation. The type of claim you can pursue and the compensation available to you may be affected by the nature of your accident or injury, your type of employment, and whether your employer provides workers’ compensation coverage.
In Texas, it’s optional whether private employers have workers’ compensation coverage. Employers are required to notify employees whether they provide workers’ compensation coverage. If they do not, an employee injured because of an employer’s negligence can file a personal injury lawsuit against the employer.
Additionally, federal laws allow negligence lawsuits against certain types of employers, such as maritime or railroad employers, when they’re negligent in causing a worker’s injuries. Under some federal statutes, such as the Federal Safety Appliance Act, an employer may be liable for your injuries even when not negligent.
A skilled Houston work accident lawyer such as those at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can evaluate your case and determine whether you might be able to sue your employer for compensation of your injuries.
Sometimes a work-related accident may be caused by another party’s negligence, such as a driver who causes a worker to be injured in a vehicle crash while out on company business. When someone other than your employer is negligent in causing your injuries, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the third party.
You can file a third-party lawsuit regardless of whether your employer offers workers’ compensation coverage. One benefit of a third-party lawsuit is that you may be able to receive compensation for losses related to your injury that workers’ compensation benefits do not cover, such as physical pain, mental anguish, and loss of earning capacity.
You may have different options for seeking compensation of your injuries and other losses, depending on the circumstances of your accident.
If your employer has workers’ compensation insurance, you may be able to make a claim for benefits through the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation.
Workers’ compensation benefits may include:
The workers’ compensation program does not require that you prove your employer was negligent, but it also prohibits you from suing your employer even if your employer was negligent.
However, if you collect workers’ compensation benefits you still may be able to sue a third party for negligence and recover additional compensation.
When you can establish that a third party was negligent in causing your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation for your past and future:
The type of compensation that a personal injury lawsuit may bring can help you restore your life after a serious work-related injury. Where workers’ compensation benefits will only reimburse you for partial lost wages, a personal injury lawsuit may allow you to recover the full value of your past and future loss of future earning capacity if you are unable to work long-term.
Additionally, a personal injury lawsuit may provide you with compensation for types of losses that workers’ compensation simply doesn’t cover. The additional compensation you receive through a lawsuit may help you continue to meet daily living expenses and plan your financial future in the wake of a catastrophic work injury.
If you are the surviving family member of a worker who died because of a work-related accident or injury, you may have options for recovering financial compensation for your loss. You may be able to make a claim for death benefits through the workers’ compensation system or file a lawsuit under Texas or federal laws.
Your options for a lawsuit and the types of compensation you may receive will depend on the nature of your family member’s employment and the accident or injury that claimed your loved one’s life. The compassionate Houston personal injury lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can help you with a claim that may allow you to recover compensation for:
Any number of Texas or federal laws may apply when you are injured in a work-related accident, or lose a loved one to a work-related injury. Your claim could be governed by:
How your work injury case unfolds will depend on which laws apply, among other factors. Your case may be filed in a Texas state or federal court, or you may have to file a claim with a workers’ compensation program.
Because of the different laws that may be involved, we strongly recommend that you consult with an experienced Houston work accident lawyer to learn your options. At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we’ll provide a comprehensive explanation of the process your case will undergo and what to expect throughout, from investigation to recovery or trial.
The Houston work accident lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. have significant experience helping injured workers in various industries to obtain the compensation that allows them to move forward with their lives after a serious injury. We can handle cases involving:
We offer a free consultation and charge no fees unless we obtain compensation for your injuries, so there’s no risk in contacting us today by calling or using the form below to schedule your appointment. We’re committed to helping you restore the financial losses you sustained because of your work-related accident — and to getting the resources you need to complete your physical and emotional recovery.