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 Texas workplace injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Garcia & Ochoa 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 Substance
If 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
If 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 Compensation
If 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 Responsibility
If 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 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
From machine failure, to negligence in the environment, people get injured while trying to do their job. Protect your rights while dealing with your injury:
- Report an accident as soon as possible.
- Have a doctor examine the injury.
Measures to Take
Document each step you take and keep your documents on file. You are entitled to copies of any paperwork filed by your employer with Workers Compensation. If complications occur regarding either the injury or the filing of information, then consider other steps such a consulting with a workplace accident attorney. It is important to contact an attorney who is experienced in handling cases of workplace accident. They can help you with your questions about workplace conditions, covering your medical bills, and who is responsible for the accident and those bills. The first consultation is free, and you can find answers to your questions.
Protect Your Rights
If you think you have a workplace injuries claim, you probably have many questions, legal and otherwise. Every person is a unique individual, and every workplace injuries claim is different. Our process involves listening to you and gathering all the relevant evidence, so that we can help you determine what is the next best step for you. And if a workplace injuries lawsuit is the right step for you, we will fight hard to get you the justice and compensation you deserve, so you can get back to living your life.
Whether you’re a school teacher, a fireman, a police officer, a chemist or work in a corporate office— if you’ve been injured on the job you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against your employer.
The workplace injuries attorneys at The Law Offices of Garcia & Ochoa have taken on some of the largest, most well protected companies and have obtained the justice and compensation our clients needed.
At The Law Offices of Garcia & Ochoa, we can help answer all of your legal questions. We recognize that everyone is an individual and that not every case is the same. We start by listening, gathering evidence and fighting hard to make sure our clients obtain the justice they deserve so that they can return to feeling a sense of normalcy and get back to living their lives.