Work Injury Lawyer
Houston Work Accident Attorneys, On Your Side
Were you injured at work? Call (713) 932-0777 today to speak with a work injury lawyer at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. Consultations are free, and you pay nothing unless we win your case! We will fight to get you the money you deserve to help with medical bills, time off work, and suffering. Whether you were injured in a fall accident, at a construction site, driving a commercial vehicle, while working offshore or in another type of work accident, we can help.
Unfortunately accidents in the workplace are not unusual. They range from simple slip and fall accidents to major plant explosions. Severe injuries, whether at work or somewhere else, can cause major disruption in your life. Injuries translate to time off work. Time off work is money lost. Then there are the medical bills that can pile up in a hurry. At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., our work injury lawyers understand how on the job accidents can turn your life upside down. We are here to help take the burden off your shoulders.
If you have been recently injured, you should read: What Should You Do After a Work Injury?
Common Work Accident Injuries
- Spinal Injury or Paralysis
- Broken Bones
- Limb Loss
- Electric Shock Injury
- Skin Lacerations
- Internal Trauma
- Exposure to Toxic or Dangerous Chemicals
- Eye Injuries
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
- Head Injury
There are many types of work place injuries and they all have different legal aspects and issues that must be accounted for. Whether you are an employee, an independent contractor, or a day laborer will often determine not only what type of insurance coverage applies, but also what duties (and possible compensation) are owed to you.
As a general rule, your employer has a duty under Texas common law to keep the workplace safe and free from accidental injuries. This includes a duty to provide the right equipment and safety equipment to get the job done safely. In addition to the state regulation of workplace injuries, Federal organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) impose standards upon employers to provide a safe workplace to employees. All of these laws and regulations must be taken into account when looking at an employer’s liability for an on the job injury in Texas.
Common Types of Work Injury Claims
- Failure to provide fall protection for workers on construction sites, buildings, lifts and other heights
- Industrial accidents and explosions
- Failure to properly train accidents
- Slip and fall accidents at work
- Accidents caused by failure to conduct safety inspections
- Accidents due to negligent hiring or negligent retention of employees
- Construction site accidents
- Failure to provide safety goggles
- Backhoe accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Crane accidents
In addition to accounting for the laws and rules that pertain to different types of injuries, a Houston work injury lawyer must account for the different laws that apply when an employer provides worker’s compensation insurance, other “fake comp” insurance or no insurance at all to his employees.
Texas Worker’s Compensation Insurance vs. Fake Comp
If you have suffered an on the job injury and your employer carries no worker’s compensation insurance or fake worker’s compensation insurance, you have the right to sue them directly for all of your pain and suffering/medical bills and other damages caused by their negligence. Fake comp plans may contain provisions requiring that you seek justice in alternate ways such as arbitration or mediation. Some may even seek to force employees to waive their common law rights entirely.
However, any such provision or plan that fails to provide a worker with substantially the same benefits as worker’s compensation and requires a total waiver of civil liability rights is void against public policy in Texas. Don’t just accept what they tell you, have a work injury lawyer look over your policy and explain your rights to you under the law.
If you have suffered a work injury and you are not sure if your employer is carrying real Texas Worker’s Compensation Insurance call us today for a free consultation with one of our Houston work injury lawyers about your case.
What is a Third-Party Injury Claim? Am I Eligible?
When an injury is caused by someone who is not your employer or co-worker, you are still entitled to recover all of the damages you have suffered from the work accident. This may also include work injuries caused by a defective piece of equipment at your workplace. It further applies even when you have recovered worker’s compensation benefits from your employer for the same injury.
A common example of this is when multiple contractors are working on the same job site and a contractor from one company negligently causes injury to a contractor from another company. The injured person may be entitled to both workers’ compensation benefits from his employer, as well as compensation from the employer of the contractor who caused the injuries.
Why Hire Simmons and Fletcher After a Work Injury?
Our work injury attorneys at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., have proven experience in representing persons who have suffered from a workplace injury. With combined professional experience of more than 100 years practicing law and two board-certified personal injury trial lawyers on staff, Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. is a law firm you can trust to provide you comprehensive legal representation.
Because our work injury lawyers understand how challenging life can be in the aftermath of an on the job accident, Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., charges no fee for our services unless a recovery is made. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation regarding your workplace injury.