If you or someone you love has been hurt on the job, a West Texas work injury lawyer will make sure that your rights are fully protected. The attorneys at the Hanna Law Firm have decades of experience helping hard-working West Texans recover the money they need to heal and rebuild their lives. Call us at 432-606-2378 for a free consultation.
According to the National Safety Council, a person is injured on the job every 7 seconds in the United States. Work injuries vary widely in type and severity. They may come in the form of an accident with heavy machinery or a vehicle crash. Poor lighting, uneven surfaces, or spills lead to trips and falls. Repetitive stress injuries are very common and can cause debilitating pain. And you don’t have to work on a construction site or oil rig to be the victim of a work injury. Constant typing and sitting at a desk all day can cause strain on your tendons, nerves, and muscles.
When you have been hurt on the job, you may have to take time off work. If your injuries are serious enough, you may not be able to return for a long time — or ever. A West Texas work injury lawyer will investigate your case, calculate the full amount of your losses, and help you hold the responsible parties accountable.
Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance meant to help injured employees. In our state, private employers are not required to carry workers’ comp, but some choose to do so. If your employer does offer workers’ comp, it may be your only option for compensation. However, you should speak with a West Texas work injury attorney to discuss your options, because you may be able to sue a third party. You can sue your employer if they are not a workers’ comp subscriber or we can prove your injury was caused by extreme negligence or intentional harm on their part. Here are a few things you should know about workers’ compensation in Texas:
The work injury lawyers at the Hanna Law Firm will be happy to discuss the details of your case and your legal options. Call us at 432-606-2378 or use our online form to speak with our team today.
If we bring a lawsuit against your employer and/or a third party and they are found liable for your injuries, they may be on the hook for damages. This is a legal term for financial compensation to the injured party. The hurt on-the-job lawyers at the Hanna Law Firm will fight to recover compensation for all of your losses.
How much money you are able to receive depends on a number of factors. These include the severity of your injuries, how they affect your daily life, and the cost of your bills. Lost income and lost earning capacity are based on your income before you were hurt on the job. To figure out how much your lawsuit may be worth, we will need to speak with you and thoroughly investigate the details of your work injury case.
If you have been injured, you should be focusing on one thing: recovery. You need an experienced West Texas work injury attorney to be your advocate on the legal front. The lawyers at the Hanna Law Firm will make sure your rights are protected.
It is important to know what to do in the aftermath of an on-the-job injury. This may affect the outcome of your claim.
Surviving spouses, children, and parents may be eligible to receive compensation after their loved one was killed on the job. If their loved one’s former employer is a workers’ comp subscriber, they may receive workers’ comp death benefits, which are 75% of the deceased worker’s average weekly wage (with minimum and maximum benefit limits). A spouse will receive benefits for life unless they remarry. When they do, they will receive a lump sum equal to two years of payments. Children may receive benefits until they reach the age of 18. For full-time students at accredited educational institutions, the age limit is 25. Disabled children may be eligible to receive benefits longer— even for life. There are other provisions in place for grandchildren who depended on a grandparent for care. If there is no surviving spouse, child, or grandparents, other relatives may receive limited benefits.
If the employer does not carry workers’ comp insurance, or we can prove extreme negligence or intentional harm on their part, we may bring a wrongful death claim against the employer. If a third party is wholly or partly to blame, they may also be sued for wrongful death. In this type of case, our work injury lawyers will seek damages for all of your losses related to your family member’s death, such as:
Only spouses, children, and parents may file a wrongful death lawsuit. But the potential financial compensation is much higher than a workers’ comp death benefit.
Figuring out the best course of action after you have been hurt at work requires the expert advice of a West Texas work injury attorney. Workers’ comp and personal injury laws can be frustrating to navigate, and we will examine your case and explain your options thoroughly and in lay terms. Even if you are covered under workers’ comp, we can help you track down third parties who may share responsibility for your injuries. Call a West Texas work injury lawyer at the Hanna Law Firm at 432-606-2378. We understand you are going through a difficult time, and our compassionate and authoritative counsel will help put you at ease. We have four convenient locations (Abilene, Odessa, Sweetwater, and Midland), and initial consultations are free.