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 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.