Work Injury Cases We Handle
Certain workplaces involve greater risks than others, but the truth is that an accident can occur in any workplace. In general, some of the most common work injury claims that Williams Kherkher has handled include, but are not limited to:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Defective equipment
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Failure to provide fall protection
- Failure to properly train employees
- Construction accidents
- Backhoe accidents
- Scaffolding collapses
- Forklift accidents
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Crane accidents
- Exposure to toxic substances
Some of these accidents may have fatal consequences. Even workers who are fortunate enough to survive can still be diagnosed with extremely serious injuries that can require many months, years, or even lifetimes of rehabilitation.
Examples of workplace injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Eye injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
Types of Workplace Injuries
Warehouse, Factory, and Industrial Accidents
Warehouse, factory, and industrial incidents are unfortunately the most common venue for workplace injuries according to the U.S. Department of Labor. These include injuries resulting from lifting or physical stress, accidents involving forklifts or other industrial equipment, as well as slip and fall accidents.
Warehouse, factory and industrial accidents often occur at:
- Chemical plants
- Port or Dock accidents
- Car accidents while on the job
Although many people think of office environments as safer, incidents can still occur in office spaces. Slip and fall accidents, trips over wires and other obstructions, and even back injuries from handling office equipment can contribute to injuries during the course of works.
Hospital workers face a number of hazards at work. Injuries related to exhaustion on the job, slip and fall accidents, exposure to substances or patients that could cause the worker to fall ill, and unruly patients or visitors can all contribute to a workplace injury at a hospital.
Construction Site Accidents
Construction sites pose many dangers to workers. Injuries from falling objects, collapse of scaffolding or ladders, and accidents involving forklifts, cranes and trucks can all contribute to serious workplace injuries. Specific injuries or worse include what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calls the“fatal four”, which account for more than half of construction-related deaths and countless more injuries:
- Being struck by an object
- Caught inside of or in between objects or equipment
Employers can be liable for workplace accidents that are the result of their negligence. Victims in these cases could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Employers are not always the liable parties in work injury cases. Sometimes they may not be the only liable party. Certain injuries are the result of other independent third parties. For example, if your injury was the result of a defective machine, the manufacturer could end up being the party liable for your injuries.
In other cases, injuries may be the result of a negligent co-worker, contractor, or possibly another independent third party. Motor vehicle accidents caused by other drivers are a common example of injuries suffered on the job caused by others.
Determining the liable party is not always easy, which is why it is so critical for victims to retain legal counsel as soon as possible after a workplace accident. Williams Kherkher can work quickly to preserve important evidence and then guide you towards a recovery of damages.
Work Injury Statistics
According to the Texas Department of Insurance, 185,299 nonfatal injuries and illnesses were reported in private industry for 2016. The industry sectors with the highest incidence rates of total recordable nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in 2016 were agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting (4.1 per 100 equivalent full-time workers); transportation and warehousing (3.8); retail trade (3.1); and trade, transportation, and utilities (3.0).
The Texas Department of Insurance also reported that there were 51,470 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work in 2016. Total injuries broke down as follows by sector:
- Total Service Providing — 39,930
- Trade, Transportation, and Utilities — 18,750
- Total Goods Producing — 11,540
- Education and Health Services — 7,370
- Manufacturing — 5,650
- Leisure and Hospitality — 5,370
- Professional and Business Services — 4,590
- Construction — 4,120
- Natural Resources and Mining — 1,770
- Financial Activities — 1,710
- Other Services — 1,080
- Information — 1,060
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 545 fatal occupational injuries in Texas in 2016. Of these fatalities, 244 involved transportation incidents, 90 were falls, slips, or trips, and 75 involved contact with objects or equipment.
Dedicated to Workers
Put our solid reputation of helping those injured on the job to work for you.
That’s why the Williams Kherkher law firm was founded–to fight for the little guys. We have fought for decades on behalf of workers in the Greater Houston area, and our record of success causes fear in major corporations and insurance companies. We know how to handle workplace accident claims, whether the accident occurred on a construction site, oil field or rig, industrial or manufacturing plant, or in an office.
Many people wrongly assume that they can only file for workers’ compensation benefits if they have been injured on the job. What many people do not realize is that their company may be a “nonsubscriber” and may not even have workers’ compensation coverage available for you! Additionally, even if your employer has workers’ compensation coverage, you are not automatically barred from taking legal action, especially if there were other parties (like an equipment manufacturer) who may be at fault for your injury.
That’s why it is so important to contact an experienced attorney who understands the intricacies of workplace accidents. At Williams Kherkher, we have seen it all and have successfully handled countless claims on behalf of workers just like you. We know how to handle the insurance companies and employers and we will fight tenaciously to maximize the amount of compensation you will receive for your claim. That’s our commitment to you, and you can trust that we will be by your side every step of the way.
Contact a Houston Work Injury Attorney Today
Williams Kherkher has been helping injury victims in Texas and across the nation since 1983. We believe that employers have an obligation to provide a safe workplace for their employees, and we vigorously defend the rights of workers injured by the negligence of other parties. If you suffered serious injuries or your loved one was killed in a workplace accident in the greater Houston area, make sure to contact Williams Kherkher as soon as possible. Call (713) 352-7071 or contact us online to have our lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free consultation.