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Killeen Work Injury Legal Representation
Countless rules are in place to keep employees safe while at work. Still, approximately 12,900 suffer from work-related injuries every day. If you or a loved one suffered an injury while on the job, a Carlson Law Firm Killeen work injury lawyer can help. We can help you pursue the maximum recovery from third-party liability claims. We investigate accidents and uncover responsible parties to hold them accountable for the harm they caused.
Work injuries can occur when you least expect. In fact, when these injuries do occur, they can cost you in the time you take off work, medical bills, and pain and suffering. As the victim of a work injury, you may be entitled to compensation under Texas workers’ laws. Our team of work injury attorneys is ready to help you move forward with your life. The team at The Carlson Law Firm in Killeen has an expert workplace injury lawyer ready to help you move forward with your life. We have over 40 years of experience holding at-fault parties accountable. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Work Injury Damages Recovery
Workers’ compensation provides money and benefits to injured workers. However, temporary and permanent disability payments are very low. Moreover, these low payments don’t address the added stress of pain and suffering and other punitive damages. We take your pain and suffering seriously. Because on the job injuries are preventable, we believe it is important to hold companies accountable for unsafe working conditions. Our goal is to improve your work environment for you and future employees.
Are you protected?
Texas does not require private companies to provide workers’ compensation. If you sustain an injury on the job and your employer does not have workers’ compensation coverage you have the right to bring a personal injury lawsuit. This can be beneficial to you in two ways. A workplace injury lawyer can help you:
- Recoup the full amount of the damages you suffered. In most cases, workers’ compensation only pays around two-thirds of worker’s wage loss for temporary disability benefits. These benefits usually have a wage cap and are for a limited time.
- Collect punitive damages. This includes pain and suffering and any other emotional distress you suffered at the hands of your employer’s negligence.
Most Common Work Injuries
The most common injuries that keep workers away from work are sprains, strains, tears, soreness, cuts, laceration and punctures. Safety in the workplace should be the top priority for all companies. When they are not, it creates unsafe environments for workers.
The most common injuries in the workplace stem from:
- Struck by an object or other equipment
- Falls off a platform or stairs
- Car accidents
- Slip or trip
- Caught in machines
- Compressed by machines
- Repetitive Motions
- Struck against an object or equipment
Often, the injuries employees suffer are preventable. Businesses have a duty to follow the rules laid out by federal agencies. By following these rules, workers are safer. For example, let’s consider the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) top 10 most violated standards. All 10 of the most cited standards are common sense rules to follow; such as:
By following these simple rules, companies can save billions of dollars and prevent injuries among their workers.
WHO IS AT FAULT FOR A WORK INJURY
A Killeen work injury lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm can help you prove that your employer is at fault for your injury. Employers have the duty to use reasonable care and ensure work is safe. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. An employer’s negligence or failure to adhere to their reasonable care duty can have lasting effects on your life.
Employer negligence includes:
- Bad Hiring
An employer shows negligence if an individual who has committed a serious crime such as murder, sexual assault, injury or theft is hired. Employers who don’t conduct a basic background check can be found negligent in a court of law.
- Inadequate Training
Once hired, employees should be adequately trained on all equipment they will use for the duration of their employment.
Employers have a responsibility to maintain a safe work environment for all of their employees. If an employee is irresponsibly handling dangerous equipment then an employer must take corrective action. If you suffered an injury through the negligence of another employer contact a workplace injury lawyer today.
- Poor Supervision
Negligent supervision occurs when an employer fails to reasonably monitor or control the actions of employees. This can include failure to monitor proper equipment use or reports of sexual harassment
Like most personal injury cases in Texas, the statute of limitations to filing a personal injury case against your employer is two years from the day the incident occurred. This is why it is important that you speak to a Killeen work injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Negligence can take many forms. However, there are generally four main elements that must be met to prove negligence by an employer. For instance, if the employer:
- Owed the victim a duty of case. Employers have an understood duty of care. It is an employers job to ensure that employees are safe when on the premises or using equipment.
- Breached the duty of care. After the duty of care is established, it must be proven that the employer somehow violated that care. Your attorney can prove a breach of duty if the act that led to your injury was something a reasonable person would have noticed.
- An injury actually occurred. In order to move forward with a case, workplace injuries should be measurable. This can be a loss of life, limb or any other physical injuries that occurred on the job. In some cases, emotional or psychological trauma can be considered when establishing a victim’s injuries.
- The injury was the result of the employer negligence. Simply, an employer must maintain safety in the workplace to prevent injuries. By contacting a Carlson Law Firm Killeen work injury lawyer, we can help you establish an employer’s negligence.
IF YOU ARE INJURED ON THE JOB
A work injury at a Killeen can have serious lasting effects on the quality of your life. Depending on the severity of the injury, you can end up with lifelong pain. For this reason, it is important to know what to do in the event of an injury to protect your rights from being trampled.
- Stop working immediately
- Report your injury to a supervisor as soon as possible
- Seek medical treatment
- Do not give a formal statement, sign any paperwork or accept any money from the company (besides your normal paycheck) prior to speaking with an experienced workplace injury lawyer.
- Contact an experienced Killeen work injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Can I hold my employer responsible?
After an injury in the workplace, you may believe that you can only get workers’ compensation. While this is a general rule, there are several exceptions where you may be able to recoup damages. Those damages include injuries from:
- Defective products
- Toxic substances
- Employer negligence
- The employer doesn’t carry workers’ compensation insurance
- A third party caused your injury
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a December 2017 report showcasing an increase in the number of on the job fatal injuries. Interestingly, fatal workplace injuries hit a 13-year low in 2009, but have steadily increased since. The latest statistics from 2016 show that 4,098 wage and salaried workers died from workplace injuries that year alone.
In 2015, a report from the Texas Tribune showed that Texas leads the nation in the number of work-related fatalities. The article also mentioned that “Hispanic and Latino workers accounted for nearly 17 percent of all workplace deaths” in the United States.
There is nothing more painful than losing a loved one in an accident. You undeniably expect your spouse, parent or child to come home safe from work every day. While some costs are recoverable through a workers’ compensation claim, it may not be enough to truly cover the extent of your loss.
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of income and future earning capacity
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Companionship loss
- Therapy and counseling costs
- Loss of future inheritance
- Punitive damages
- Loss of counsel (advice, childcare, and guidance)
It is important to remember that you can sue your loved one’s employer in the event of gross negligence. You may even hold an employer liable for intentional oversight that resulted in wrongful death. Contact a Carlson Law Firm Killeen Work Injury Lawyer for a free consultation.
A Killeen WORK INJURY LAWYER CAN HELP
On-the-clock injuries can happen a number of ways. For example, equipment malfunctions or other safety failures can occur. These defects can result in a number of injuries including traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, crushed or mangled limbs. In addition, workplace injuries can also include exposure to dangerous chemicals. Our team of experienced Killeen workplace injury lawyers can handle a wide range of cases, including:
- Construction site accidents
- Industrial and manufacturing injuries
- Farm and ranch accidents
- Oilfield accidents (fires, explosions, oil well blowouts, equipment failure, etc.)
- Gas explosions
- Foodservice injuries like burns and kitchen slip-and-fall accidents
- Back injuries and other lifting accidents
- Health care worker injuries
- General workplace injury in the office or warehouse
Our firm’s dedication to providing the kind of honest answers, sound legal advice and powerful advocacy that victims of a workplace injury can count on. Additionally, a Killeen Work Injury Lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm will stay committed to your case from start to finish. We are dedicated to standing up for the rights of construction workers, factory employees, and petrochemical industry workers. Our firm is ready to assist you if your injury is the result of third-party negligence.
CALL THE CARLSON LAW FIRM FOR RELIABLE HELP
Work injury litigation requires specialized knowledge. We have an advantage when it comes to handling injured worker or wrongful death cases. Don’t let another moment pass without an experienced advocate on your side to protect your rights and fight for your recovery. Contact us for a free consultation with a Killeen work injury lawyer in one of our offices in Killeen, Temple, or Waco.
We serve injured workers statewide. We are available to speak 24/7 to discuss your legal options. No appointment is necessary during normal business hours, and bilingual staff members are available to assist our Spanish-speaking clients. Hablamos tu idioma.