Workplace accidents and workplace injuries are, in many cases, physical in nature, but not necessarily. Workplace injuries can also be emotional or financial, and in all cases of workplace injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Whether or not your workplace injuries occurred during work hours, you may still be entitled to compensation. But in order to file a claim and receive the settlement to which you are legally entitled, you must know the cause of your injury. No matter your profession — schoolteacher, fireman, police officer, chemist or corporate employee — your employer is legally required to protect you with reasonable workplace safety measures, ensuring a safe, equitable working environment. The McAllen workplace injury lawyers at the Law Firm of Ricardo A. Garcia have successfully taken on some of the largest, most well-protected companies around. We are committed to our clients and have a proud history of obtaining justice and compensation for them. If your employer has told you that the only compensation for which you are eligible is workman’s compensation, be aware that there are numerous exceptions to this rule, such as:
Defective Product or Toxic SubstanceIf your injury was due to a defective product, you may be able to file suit against the manufacturer of the product. If your injury was due to a toxic substance, you may be able to file a toxic tort lawsuit against the manufacturer of the product
Intentional/Egregious ConductIf your employer’s intentional or egregious conduct led to your workplace injuries, you may be able to sue your employer in civil court or possibly collect compensation from a state fund
No Worker’s CompensationIf your employer does not carry workers’ compensation insurance, you may be able to file suit against your employer in civil court or collect compensation from a state fund
Third Party ResponsibilityIf a third party is responsible for your workplace injuries, you may be able to file a personal injury suit against that person or organization
Workplace AccidentsWorkplace accidents happen every day. OSHA refers to “The Fatal Four”: common, often fatal, accidents that happen in workplaces. These “Fatal Four” are:
- Being struck by an object
- Being caught between equipment or other objects
- Report an accident as soon as possible.
- Have a doctor examine the injury.