Houston Work Injury Lawyer
Unfortunately, workplace injuries frequently occur in Texas and throughout the country. Many people in Houston work in potentially dangerous industries, such as construction, oil and gas, transportation, and manufacturing. These workers face serious hazards every day, and on-the-job accidents can forever change their lives.
If you have been injured on the job in the greater Houston area, you may have a workers’ compensation claim. However, Texas does not require employers to carry this type of insurance. If your employer does not have coverage or if your injury was caused by a party other than your employer, you may have a right to seek compensation in a personal injury claim. To fully understand all your rights, you will want to speak with an experienced workplace injury lawyer. A skilled lawyer knows how to hold insurers and employers accountable.
At The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian, we have helped many injured workers in Texas get the compensation they need to move forward with their lives after catastrophic accidents. We handle work injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t have to pay anything upfront. Instead, you pay only when we recover money for you. Call us today at (713) 842-9492 or fill our online form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
What Are My Options If I’m Injured at Work?
Texas is unique when it comes to workers’ compensation. Unlike many states, employers in Texas have the option of participating in the workers’ compensation insurance system or not. Many employers participate and buy insurance coverage for workers because participating in the workers’ compensation system protects the employer from liability. Employers who choose to have no insurance when their employees get injured are referred to as “non-subscribers.” These employers can still be held liable for your injuries.
If your employer has workers’ compensation insurance, it is critical that you file a claim for benefits in a timely fashion, and make sure that you report the injury to your employer immediately. Having an attorney will be an enormous benefit during the workers’ compensation claims process. A lawyer can help you effectively illustrate the injuries you suffered on the job, and explore additional options for pursuing compensation.
If your employer does not carry workers’ compensation insurance, you can pursue a personal injury claim against the company for damages suffered.
If your workplace injuries were caused by the negligence or recklessness of a third party, someone other than your employer, you may also be able to pursue a claim against that party. Depending on the circumstances, this party could be the manufacturer or designer of defective equipment, or perhaps the driver of a delivery vehicle.
Typically, civil lawsuits for work injuries can seek damages that are not recoverable in a workers’ compensation claim. The benefits you receive in a workers’ compensation claim are intended to reimburse you for your medical expenses and lost wages. With workers’ comp claims, you are typically not able to seek compensation for pain and suffering. With a personal injury lawsuit, you can seek compensation for pain and suffering and other “non-economic” damages.
Understanding Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance program administered by the state of Texas. The purpose of workers’ comp is to allow employees to recover compensation for medical bills and lost wages while protecting employers from personal injury lawsuits.
Listed below are the types of workers’ comp benefits:
- Medical benefits pay for medical care to treat your work injury.
- Income benefits replace some of the money you lost because of your workplace injury.
- Burial benefits pay for some of a worker’s burial and funeral expenses to the individual who paid those expenses.
Death benefits help families reimburse a portion of the money lost when an employee dies because of a workplace injury.
Although these benefits can be a great help to an injured worker and his or her family, they do not cover all of the losses a person will experience due to a serious injury. You should always speak with a knowledgeable workplace injury lawyer about your legal rights after a workplace accident to ensure you understand all your options for pursuing compensation.
What Types of Damages Can I Recover in a Work Injury Lawsuit?
If you are eligible to file a lawsuit against your employer or a third party, you can pursue a broad range of damages related to your injury. These include payment for:
- Medical expenses
- Future treatment needs
- Lost income
- Loss of earning capacity in the future
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional pain
- Anxiety and stress
- Loss of companionship
- Wrongful death damages
In general, a work injury lawsuit seeks to make you financially whole again, so you and your family are compensated for the total losses suffered and are not left with injury-related expenses down the line.
Can a Lawyer Help Me Even If My Employer Has Workers’ Comp?
When you’ve been hurt on the job, it can be challenging to determine which kind of claim to file and who to seek damages from. Our Houston work injury attorneys can help you evaluate your legal options and identify all potentially liable parties.
The team at The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian will listen carefully to your story and thoroughly evaluate your workplace injury case. We will assist you in finding proper medical treatment and help you thoroughly document your injuries. Ultimately, our team will manage all aspects of your work injury claim so you and your family can focus on the recovery process.
Contact an Experienced Work Injury Attorney Today
If you’ve been injured on the job, you need to speak with an experienced Houston work injury attorney as soon as possible. With a skilled and knowledgeable attorney from The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian on your side, you can focus on moving on from the workplace accident while we handle all of the legal work.
At The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian, you won’t be just another claim. You will be a part of the Sibrian family, and we take care of our own. Call us today at (713) 842-9492 or reach out to us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation.