Texas sees thousands of workplace injuries and hundreds of fatal workplace injuries each year, especially in the natural resources, construction, maintenance, production, transportation, and material moving industries. Even work injuries that do not cause death are a hardship on families, as the injuries are often severe or catastrophic. The families not only do not have an income coming in, but they have tens of thousands or more in medical expenses. In Texas, employers are not required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. However, those injured or who lost a loved one on the job have other options to recover fair and reasonable compensation for their losses.
If you lost a loved one or suffered injuries because of a workplace accident, contact a Midland work injury lawyer at Hanna Personal Injury Law for a free consultation by calling (432) 606-2378.
Whether you file a workers’ compensation claim or you choose to take legal action against your employer, our hurt-on-the-job lawyers in Midland can help. We make sure you get the compensation you deserve by taking several steps:
Once we collect all the evidence needed, we start settlement negotiations with your employer’s insurer. If the insurance company offers a fair and reasonable settlement, you do not have to go to court.
If we believe you should recover more compensation than the insurance company offers and they refuse to offer a fair and reasonable settlement, we can aggressively seek the compensation you deserve by filing a lawsuit against the insurer.
Finally, we ensure that the funds you receive are quickly disbursed. Once we receive the check from the insurance company and it clears the bank, we pay your outstanding medical expenses, reimburse your insurance company if applicable, deduct our fees, which are also negotiated into your settlement, then cut you a check for the balance.
Employers have a duty to ensure the workplace is safe pursuant to state and federal regulations. Employers must:
Despite these regulations, many employers cut corners on safety just to save a buck. However, it can end up costing an employer dearly should someone suffer injuries or die in a workplace accident.
Situated in the Permian Basin, Midland is home to many oilfields, construction, and transportation jobs – all of which have high incidences of workplace injuries and fatalities. Some of the common workplace injuries include:
The types of workplace accidents that could cause these injuries include slipping and falling, getting crushed by or between equipment, vehicle accidents, electrical issues, explosions and more.
You can also recover compensation for secondary injuries, such as infected open wounds incurred in the accident or surgery to repair an accident injury. Another example of a secondary injury is a back injury caused by another injury, such as a broken leg or hip.
If you suffered injuries at work and are able to take action without causing yourself further harm, you should take pictures of the accident scene, seek medical attention immediately, and report the injury to your immediate supervisor.
Finally, contact a Midland work injury attorney as soon as possible. If you need to file a workers’ compensation claim, you do not have much time. Because of the complexities of workers’ compensation and Texas laws regarding workplace injuries, you should always seek advice from a Midland work injury lawyer before taking any type of action to recover compensation.
Texas allows you to recover compensatory and punitive damages after a workplace accident. The court orders compensatory damages – economic and non-economic damages – in an attempt to make you whole again. The money doesn’t make you miraculously recover from the injuries or bring back a loved one, but it does significantly reduce the financial stress you feel from not being able to work.
Special damages, often referred to as economic damages, have a monetary value and include:
General damages, often referred to as non-economic damages, do not have an easily calculated monetary value and include:
Because of the type of industries located in the Permian Basin, we see a lot of construction and oilfield injuries and fatal accidents. Texas does not require employers to carry workers’ compensation, which adds to the complexity of cases. If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a workplace accident, contact a Midland work injury lawyer at Hanna Personal Injury Law at (432) 606-2378 as soon as possible after an accident for a free case evaluation.
No. You might be able to recover damages by filing a lawsuit against your employer’s insurance company. Additionally, if you file a workers’ compensation claim, we can help ensure your claim is completed properly the first time, decreasing the odds of a claim denial.
If you file a workers’ compensation claim, you have 30 days to file an injury report and 90 days to appeal the initial impairment rating. You have up to a year to file formal paperwork for the claim.
If your employer does not have workers’ compensation, or you can otherwise file a lawsuit against the employer without going through workers’ compensation, you have up to two years to take legal action. The sooner you contact a Midland work injury lawyer, the sooner we can start gathering evidence, which tends to disappear after some time.
Contact a Midland work injury lawyer as soon as possible to help you with the appeal if you did not use an attorney to help you file the initial claim.
Your initial case evaluation is always free. Additionally, we work on a contingency basis, which means you only pay if we win your case. When negotiating for a fair and reasonable settlement, we always include enough to cover our fees and costs in the settlement.
You can pay for medical expenses in several ways. You might be able to use your auto insurance to cover some medical expenses and lost wages. You can also use your health insurance. When you receive your settlement, part of it reimburses your insurance companies.
You can also use a letter of credit or ask medical professionals to defer payments. We will work with your doctors to find a way to keep them happy while you are waiting for a settlement or trial award.
If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one because of the actions or inactions of another person at work, you could recover damages, including medical expenses and pain and suffering. Contact a Midland work injury attorney at Hanna Personal Injury Law at (432) 606-2378 for a free case evaluation.