Work Accidents

When a serious or fatal accident occurs in the workplace, it is important to immediately speak to a lawyer about the incident as the statute of limitations on filing a claim begins on the day you were injured. In addition, it is important for employees to be aware that your company may not always have your best interests in mind. All too often workers find themselves funneled to doctors whose goal is to issue a company-friendly diagnosis. Without an experienced attorney on your side, you may find yourself in an uphill battle against the company’s extensive resources.

Injured workers often do not understand the complexities of the law regarding workplace injuries in Texas, nor do they know who to turn to if they’ve been hurt. That’s why it is so important for you to call an experienced Houston workplace injury lawyer at Williams Hart to protect you from being taken advantage of by your employer, the company-recommended doctor, or the insurance company in the aftermath of your accident.

 

Williams Hart can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. We know that workplace injuries are complicated. Our attorneys can help to determine your next steps.

HOW OUR WORK ACCIDENT LAWYERS CAN HELP

 

Handling your workplace injury on your own can involve significant challenges. Your employer’s insurance company may ask you to submit to a medical evaluation performed by the employer’s preferred physician. Some insurance companies may offer you a settlement, but this figure is almost always well short of what a victim is actually entitled to.

The first benefit of hiring an attorney is that you have someone who can help you understand the requirements of insurance companies as well as helping you advocate for the legal benefits you are entitled to. Williams Hart can immediately begin to work with an insurer for a fair outcome. When an insurance company refuses to provide a satisfactory offer, we will file a lawsuit.

Williams Hart has been handling work injury cases in Houston for more than two decades. We have won millions of dollars for our clients, including heavy verdicts and settlements against some of the largest corporations in the world. While we have the ability to take on these massive companies, we provide each client the personal attention that they deserve.

WILLIAMS HART IS DEDICATED TO HARDWORKING AMERICANS

Williams Hart was founded to fight for everyday Americans. We have fought for decades on behalf of workers and our record of success is known by many corporations and insurance companies. We know how to handle workplace accident claims, whether the accident occurred on a construction site, oil field or rig, industrial or manufacturing plant, or in an office.

Many people wrongly assume that they can only file for workers’ compensation benefits if they have been injured on the job. What they  do not realize is that their company may be a “nonsubscriber” and may not even have workers’ compensation coverage available for you! Additionally, even if your employer has workers’ compensation coverage, you are not automatically barred from taking legal action, especially if there were other parties (like an equipment manufacturer) who may be at fault for your injury.

That’s why it is so important to contact an experienced attorney who understands the intricacies of workplace accidents. At Williams Hart, we have seen it all and have successfully handled countless claims on behalf of workers just like you. We know how to handle the insurance companies and employers and we will fight tenaciously to maximize the amount of compensation you will receive for your claim. That’s our commitment to you, and you can trust that we will be by your side every step of the way.

WORK INJURIES

Certain workplaces involve greater risks than others, but the truth is that an accident can occur in any workplace. In general, some of the most common work injury claims that Williams Hart has handled include specific circumstances in which the accident led to severe or acute injuries of the brain, spine, bones, limbs and extremities, and eyes.  ​Some of these accidents may have fatal consequences. Even workers who are fortunate enough to survive can still be diagnosed with extremely serious injuries that can require many months, years, or even lifetimes of rehabilitation.

WRONGFUL DEATH

When your loved one leaves for work, you expect them to return home safely.  Losing someone you love to a work accident because of the negligence or misconduct of another party is an inconceivable nightmare. We understand that during this time of grief, the last thing on your mind is talking to a lawyer or pursuing legal action. However, taking prompt legal action against the party responsible may be the only way to protect your family, obtain justice for your deceased loved one, and hold those responsible accountable for their actions. Learn More

BRAIN & SPINAL CORD INJURIES

Brain and spinal cord injuries can have not only profound and lifelong effects on victims of workplace accidents, but also the immediate family members of victims who must provide full-time assistance for their loved one now suffering from enormous physical, mental, and cognitive impairments. Williams Hart understands this pain and can handle negotiations with insurance companies and all related paperwork so you can focus on your or your loved one’s recovery. We will fight to recover the compensation you are entitled to. Learn More.

CRANE ACCIDENTS

Cranes are a type of machinery that are frequently used for loading and unloading large amounts of freight, and can quickly turn fatal under unsafe circumstances. If you were hurt in a crane accident on the job, you could be eligible to collect workers’ compensation benefits and if defective equipment, parts, or a negligent third party caused the accident, you could be owed additional compensation. Make sure to seek immediate medical attention, and make sure your first call is to Williams Hart to discuss your rights. Learn More.

Contact us today for a 100% free consultation and find out why so many others have chosen Williams Hart for their work accident claim.

CONTACT A TEXAS WORK INJURY LAWYER

 

 

Williams Hart has been helping injury victims in Texas and across the nation since 1983. We have fought for decades on behalf of workers in the Greater Houston area, and our record of success invokes fear in major corporations and insurance companies. We know how to handle workplace accident claims, whether the accident occurred on a construction site, oil field or rig, industrial or manufacturing plant, or in an office.

We believe that employers have an obligation to provide a safe workplace for their employees, and we vigorously defend the rights of workers injured by the negligence of other parties. If you suffered serious injuries or your loved one was killed in a workplace accident in the greater Houston area, make sure to contact Williams Hart as soon as possible. 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

 

If you or a loved one were injured in a work-related accident, you likely have many questions about your rights, who is responsible, and how to take care of your family during your time of recovery. Check out any of the FAQs below or contact us today. 
How do I know if I’m eligible for worker’s compensation?

Your eligibility depends on if the accident occurred at work and if the employer has purchased worker’s compensation insurance. Private employers are not required to provide worker’s compensation coverage in the state of Texas, however, even if they have purchased coverage, worker’s compensation benefits may not cover the full cost of recovery. That’s when an employee would want to seek help from an attorney. 

What damages can I recover for my work-related injury?

An injured worker can recover costs related to medical treatment, lost wages, and other damages. If the injury was caused by a negligent third party, such as a parts manufacturer or contractor, the worker may be eligible for additional compensation. 

How long do I have to file a work injury claim?

If you have a claim against your employer, it is imperative that you file within the time limit, which begins on the day of your injury. In Texas, the statute of limitations for filing personal injury claims is two years. 

My loved one was killed in a work accident. Can I sue for wrongful death?

Damages awarded in a Texas wrongful death case can be broken down into the following three main categories: compensation for the decedent’s losses, compensation for surviving family members’ losses, and punitive damages.

Compensation for Decedent’s Losses. Compensation that the decedent would have legally been entitled to collect from the defendant had he/she survived. Examples include compensation for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical Expenses
  • Lost wages

Compensation for Surviving Family Member’s Losses. Compensation for the losses the surviving family members suffered as a result of the untimely death. Examples include compensation for:

  • Lost companionship, love and comfort
  • Lost care, maintenance, and support
  • Lost inheritance
  • Loss of consortium
  • Funeral Expenses

Exemplary/Punitive Damages. If the wrongful death was caused by a willful act (or omission), gross negligence, or by particularly egregious behavior then the court may award exemplary damages in order to punish the defendant and to deter others from engaging in similar behavior in the future.