When a serious or fatal accident occurs in the workplace, it is important to immediately speak to a lawyer about the incident. The reason being the statute of limitations on filing a claim begins on the day you were injured. In addition, employees need 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. This will protect you from being taken advantage of by your employer, the company-recommended doctor, or the insurance company in the aftermath of your accident.
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Hiring an attorney to help you deal with a work accident will be very beneficial, and it provides for a better recovery process. Lawyers who specialize in worker’s compensation and employment law are going to serve you well and make sure you get all the benefits...
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. Still, 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. In addition to this, they can help 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. Many corporations and insurance companies are aware of our record success in the courtroom. 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 suffered injuries on the job. What they do not realize is that their company may be a “non-subscriber” 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. This is especially true 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 insurance companies and employers. 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.
BRAIN & SPINAL CORD INJURIES
Cranes are a type of machinery that is frequently used for loading and unloading large amounts of freight. Using a crane under unsafe circumstances can quickly turn fatal. If you were hurt in a crane accident on the job, you could be eligible to collect workers’ compensation benefits. If the defective equipment, parts, or a negligent third party caused the accident, you could be owed additional compensation. Make sure to seek immediate medical attention. Also, make sure your first call is to Williams Hart to discuss your rights. Learn More.
CONTACT A TEXAS WORK INJURY LAWYER
We believe that employers have an obligation to provide a safe workplace for their employees. With this in mind, 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. You should contact Williams Hart as soon as possible.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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, workers’ compensation benefits may not cover the full recovery cost. That’s when an employee would want to seek help from an attorney.
What damages can I recover from my work-related injury?
An injured worker can recover costs related to medical treatment, lost wages, and other damages. Suppose the injury was caused by a negligent third party, such as a parts manufacturer or contractor. In that case, 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. In Texas, the statute of limitations for filing personal injury claims is two years. You should also know that the clock starts on the day of your injury.
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
- Funeral Expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Lost inheritance
Exemplary/Punitive Damages. Suppose the wrongful death was caused by a willful act (or omission), gross negligence, or by particularly egregious behavior. In that case, the court may award exemplary damages to punish the defendant and deter others from engaging in similar behavior in the future.