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Work accidents and occupational injuries can happen in any type of workplace. The physical, emotional and financial repercussions of being injured on the job can be life-altering. Unlike most states, employers in Texas are not required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which can make it tough for injured workers to get the medical care and cash benefits they need to take care of themselves and their families. This can make pursuing compensation challenging.

Our work accident lawyers at Leinart Law Firm have helped thousands of Texas workers get the benefits and compensation they need after a workplace injury.

Common Workplace Accidents

Construction, oil field work, manufacturing, agriculture, warehousing and commercial truck driving are some of the most dangerous jobs in Texas. However, work injuries are also common in settings such as offices, restaurants, retail stores and other industries. Some common work accidents include:

  • Slip, trip and fall accidents: Greasy or wet floors, loose rugs and items or debris left on the ground or floor can all cause serious slip and fall accidents.
  • Falling objects. Workers are often hurt by tools, materials and other items that may be dropped from above on a construction site. In warehouse and retail work, items falling from shelves may cause serious head injuries or traumatic brain injury.  
  • Scaffolding and ladder accidents. Falling from a ladder or collapsed scaffolding can lead to life-changing injuries.
  • Defective equipment. When heavy machinery, tools or manufacturing equipment malfunction, it can lead to severe injury or even death.
  • Fires and explosions. Improper storage of combustible materials, faulty gas lines and open flames can cause fires or explosions that result in catastrophic injury or death.
  • Chemical exposure. Toxic substances can often cause injuries such as burns, lung damage and occupational illness.
  • Repetitive stress injuries. Constant lifting, bending and even typing can cause repetitive stress injuries like chronic back problems or carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Vehicle accidents. Whether you drive a vehicle to make deliveries or work around equipment such as dump trucks and forklifts, you’re at an increased risk of being in an auto accident, which can have deadly consequences.

What to Do After a Work Accident

If you’ve been hurt at work, it’s critical to take these important steps to protect your rights:

  • If possible, report your injury to your employer immediately. Although Texas law gives you up to 30 days to file a workplace injury claim, the sooner you inform your employer, the better. Insurance companies will use any reason to deny or minimize claims, so promptly informing your employer of your injury is critical. Ask for a copy of the incident report as well.
  • Seek medical attention. If your employer carries workers’ comp insurance, they may require you to seek treatment from an approved medical provider. If they don’t have insurance, it’s still important to get medical care as soon as you can. Make sure to mention to the medical professional you see that you sustained your injury at work.  
  • Contact a work accident attorney. Before you take any other action, speak with a lawyer about your work injury. If your employer doesn’t offer workers’ comp benefits, you may need to file a personal injury claim against them to cover your medical bills, lost wages and other accident-related expenses. Employers are also required to provide a safe workplace for their employees. If your injury occurred due to your employer’s negligence, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim even if you receive workers’ comp benefits. If a third party such as a subcontractor, parts manufacturer or motorist caused your injuries, they may be liable for damages.

Work Accident FAQs

Can I file a claim for an accident at work?

If your employer has workers’ compensation insurance, you can file a claim for benefits. If they don’t, you may have to file a personal injury claim against them. It’s also important to keep in mind that if you receive workers’ comp benefits, you are typically prohibited from suing your employer for damages unless their negligence caused your injury. If multiple parties are responsible for your injuries, our work accident lawyers can help you sort it all out and pursue all possible sources of compensation.

Should I sue my employer for an injury?

It depends on the circumstances. If your employer doesn’t have workers’ compensation insurance and refuses to pay your medical bills and lost wages, the only way you’ll be able to recover compensation is to file a lawsuit. You may be able to sue your employer if they caused direct and intentional harm or failed to provide a safe workplace. For example, if you argue with your employer and they punch you, you may be entitled to sue them for any damages and losses caused by their actions.

Why should I hire a work accident lawyer?

An accident lawyer can help you recover significantly more compensation for your injury than you would receive from workers’ comp alone. Work accident cases are multifaceted and often complex; they require the knowledge and experience of seasoned attorneys who understand the ins and outs of Texas workers’ comp and personal injury law. These types of cases must be thoroughly investigated.

Our experienced work accident lawyers at Leinart Law Firm know how to gather relevant evidence such as camera footage, witness statements and medical records to put the pieces of the puzzle together and form a solid personal injury claim. When more than one party may be liable for your injuries, dealing with insurance companies can be stressful and overwhelming. We handle all aspects of your case, including communications and negotiations with insurers.

How do I find a good work accident attorney?

The attorneys at Leinart Law Firm are some of the best work accident lawyers in Texas. Our team has successfully handled a wide range of workplace injury cases and has a proven track record of success in helping our clients recover maximum compensation for their damages. It’s also important to be candid with your lawyer — finding someone you can trust and who makes you feel comfortable can make the process much easier, granting you peace of mind. Our work accident attorneys are dedicated to helping clients understand their rights and providing straightforward legal counsel you can trust.

How much do work accident lawyers cost?

At Leinart Law Firm, we offer initial case evaluations at no cost, regardless of whether you move forward with your claim. Our attorneys work on contingency, which means you won’t owe attorney fees unless we recover compensation in your work injury claim. You won’t incur any up-front costs, and our fees are collected as a percentage of your total settlement or award amount. In Texas, the maximum fee allowed for workers’ compensation claim is 25% of your total settlement. Depending on the complexity of your personal injury claim, the contingency fee is approximately 30%-40% of the total award you receive.

Contact Our Work Accident Lawyers to Learn More

We understand that being hurt on the job can be stressful. The team at Leinart Law Firm is here to help you get through it. We provide the legal representation and support you need to recover the maximum benefits and compensation you deserve. To schedule a free case evaluation with a work accident lawyer, please call (469) 232-3328 in Dallas or 817-426-3328 in Fort Worth/Plano, email us or use the contact form on our website. Our attorneys serve clients throughout Northern Texas.