Injured workers in Texas have rights, and several frequently asked questions (FAQs) and state laws may be relevant to your current circumstances. These questions (and answers) involve your options for seeking compensation, employers’ responsibilities to injured workers, and several other topics.
You may benefit from hiring a workers’ compensation lawyer from our firm. We will counsel you about your options for seeking compensation and then fight for the money you are entitled to receive.
Common Questions Injured Workers in Texas Ask
Because our attorneys frequently help injured workers pursue fair compensation, we know many of the questions that injured workers ask.
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What Texas Laws Guarantee My Right to Compensation as an Injured Worker?
The Texas Workers’ Compensation Act governs virtually every aspect of the workers’ compensation system. This Act outlines:
- The fact that employers can choose whether to purchase workers’ compensation insurance.
- The rules an employer must follow if they choose not to purchase workers’ compensation insurance.
- The expenses an employer is liable to pay if their employee suffers a work-related injury.
The Act also includes a wide range of other relevant facts. Our personal injury attorneys are well-acquainted with the Workers’ Compensation Act. Our services could spare you considerable time, research, and confusion, as you otherwise would have to learn about this lengthy legislation for yourself.
Who Is Financially Responsible for the Cost of My Workplace Injury?
We will review your circumstances to determine who is responsible for your injury-related expenses and noneconomic losses. Potentially liable parties include:
- Your employer
- A third party responsible for your injury
An attorney from our team will investigate your work-related injury, evaluate your employer’s insurance coverage (or lack thereof), and identify those who owe you compensation.
My Employer Does Not Have Workers’ Compensation. Can I Still Demand Money for My Losses?
Employers have a right not to purchase workers’ compensation insurance. However, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) notes that employers without workers’ compensation coverage open themselves to lawsuits from injured employees.
Thus, you could pursue compensation from an employer if you sustain a workplace injury. Moreover, the TDI states that your employer “could … be forced to pay high damage awards” if your lawyer proves an employer’s negligence contributed to your injuries.
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What Types of Damages Can I Recover as an Injured Worker?
When you sue an employer or third party, they should cover every economic and noneconomic damage caused by your injury. These damages may include the following:
- Medical expenses: Your bills may result from emergency care, medical imaging, medications, rehabilitation, and other healthcare related to the work injury.
- Lost income: Whether you are a salaried employee or earn an hourly wage, you can pursue complete coverage of lost income, including any promotions, bonuses, and benefits you lose because of your injuries.
- Pain and suffering: This includes noneconomic harm from your injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), lost quality of life, sleep difficulties, depression, and chronic pain.
Moreover, if a workplace injury proves fatal, liable parties should cover all harm resulting from the wrongful death, which could include the following:
- Loss of a spouse’s companionship
- Loss of a parent’s guidance
- Your pain and suffering
- The decedent’s pain and suffering
- Loss of the decedent’s income through their retirement age
- Loss of the decedent’s household contributions
- Funeral and burial costs
Our team extends its condolences if you have lost a loved one. A wrongful death lawyer from our firm will work diligently to attain justice for your loss.
What Should I Do After Suffering a Work-Related Injury?
Some steps to take after a work-related injury include:
- Reporting the injury to your employee in writing.
- Keeping a copy of the written report for your records.
- Receiving a complete physical examination and reporting all your symptoms to the medical provider.
- Requesting medical imaging that proves the nature of your injuries.
- Keeping bills, copies of x-rays, and other documentation of your injuries and medical care.
Finally, consider hiring a workplace injury lawyer from our firm. We will pursue the compensation you deserve while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Should I Hire an Attorney to Seek Compensation for a Workplace Injury?
You must choose whether to hire a Texas workplace injury lawyer. Some of the leading benefits of hiring a lawyer include the following:
- Our familiarity with work injury cases: When you need compensation for a work injury, you’ll want a lawyer who has secured compensation for other injured workers. Experience is always a plus when pursuing monetary recovery.
- Our resources: Our firm offers attorneys, paralegals, experts, and many other resources. These assets are a standard feature of our representation.
- Our financial support and protection: We will cover the entire cost of your case. Moreover, our firm only receives a fee if we secure the compensation you seek. This arrangement lifts the financial burden off your shoulders and places it on us.
- Avoiding stress: If you try to lead your lawsuit, you might find the process immensely stressful. However, by hiring our firm, you will avert substantial anxiety, as we will oversee every detail of your case.
When we accept a case, we plan to win. Your attorney from Clay Jenkins & Associates will be in frequent communication and review all settlement offers with you.
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It is essential that we act quickly after your work injury. The legal process involves several deadlines, and we must file your case as soon as possible. In addition, we may need to gather evidence of your work accident, which is always a time-sensitive priority.
Call Clay Jenkins & Associates today for your free consultation. We will demand that the liable parties cover the cost of your injuries.