While it is true that a person could be hurt in any line of work, employees are at a higher risk of death and disability in Texas industrial accidents. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are around 36,200 total recordable cases of injuries in the sectors falling in this category. Of these injured employees, 25,700 were forced to take days off work, accept a job transfer, or work through a job restriction. In other words, more than 70 percent of employees will suffer wage loss after an industrial accident. Other financial, physical, and emotional losses can be extreme.
If you were hurt or lost a loved one in an industrial accident, you may qualify to pursue legal remedies under Texas law. There may be multiple options depending on your circumstances, so rely on Husain Law & Associates, P.C. to help you navigate the process. Please contact us today to set up a no-cost case evaluation with a Houston industrial accident attorney. A summary of the laws is also informative.
Common Types of Industrial Accidents
Depending on the specific industry, the workplace environment for industrial employees is constantly in flux and made up of many moving parts. The employment setting may be a factory, warehouse, manufacturer, construction site, loading dock, logistics center, and many others where dangerous equipment is necessary to perform job tasks. Accidents frequently occur, including:
- Slip and falls caused by spills, slick surfaces, and clutter;
- Trips over unsecured equipment, power cords, and debris;
- Falling objects, such as inventory, tools, and merchandise;
- Overexertion from lifting, pushing, pulling, and repetitive motions;
- Accidents involving forklifts, power tools, saws, industrial robots, assembly line and manufacturing equipment, excavators, and other equipment;
- Incidents involving getting struck by or stuck in between objects;
- Falls from a height; and,
- Many others.
In addition, many industrial workers are injured or killed in transportation-related accidents every year. When job tasks require operating a motorized vehicle on a roadway, employees can be hurt in traffic accidents caused by negligent drivers.
Severe Injuries for Workers
Knowing the wide range of industrial accidents that pose a threat to employees, you can see that serious, catastrophic injuries as possible. Many industrial workers will sustain:
- Concussion, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other head injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries, including herniated and bulging discs;
- Broken bones and joint dislocations;
- Lower back injuries from lifting, loading, and unloading supplies;
- Strains, sprains, and tears to muscles, ligaments, and tendons;
- Burns and abrasions; and,
Seeking Compensation After an Industrial Accident
For most workplace injuries and occupational diseases, you will seek benefits through a workers’ compensation claim. Texas laws do not require employers to carry workers’ comp insurance, but this is the remedy when they do. If you are a covered employee who was injured in an industrial accident while performing work-related tasks, you can obtain benefits for:
- Medical costs for treatment;
- Wage replacement;
- Total or partial disability, on a permanent or temporary basis; and,
- Death benefits, if a family member was killed in a work-related accident.
Husain Law & Associates, P.C. will deal with the insurance company to make sure you receive the full benefits to which you are entitled by law. Note that filing a workers’ comp claim is your sole remedy in most cases, so you cannot sue your employer in court. There are some exceptions, and a Houston industrial accident lawyer can explain whether any apply to your situation. For one, you might be able to pursue a third party that was responsible for causing your injuries, such as:
- A negligent motorist who struck your vehicle while you were working;
- The manufacturer of defective industrial equipment; or,
- A work crew was present on the job site, particularly in construction where there may be multiple teams working at the same time.
If you fall into any of the exceptions to workers’ comp as being your exclusive remedy, you can gain access to noneconomic damages. You may recover amounts for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other losses that impact your quality of life.
Discuss Options with a Houston Industrial Accident Attorney
As you can see from this overview of the laws, the legal process for recovering compensation after a workplace accident is complex. It is wise to trust an experienced Texas industrial accident lawyer for assistance, so please contact Nomaan K. Husain at Husain Law & Associates, P.C. to speak to a member of our team. You can call 713-800-1200 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation. After reviewing your situation, we can advise you on the next steps.
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