Work Injury Lawyers
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Did you or your loved one recently suffer a serious injury in an accident in the workplace? You are likely struggling with competing concerns about how soon you will be able to return to work and how much you are going to have to pay for medical bills. The aggressive trial attorneys at Williams Kherkher are here to help you get the full and fair compensation that you are owed if you were hurt at work.
Injured workers often do not understand the complexities of the law regarding workplace injuries in Texas, nor do they know who to turn to if they’ve been hurt. That’s why it is so important for you to call an experienced workplace injury lawyer like the ones at Williams Kherkher to make sure that you are not taken advantage of by your employer, the company-recommended doctor, or the insurance company in the aftermath of your accident.
When a serious or fatal accident occurs in the workplace, it is important to immediately report the incident in order to claim benefits. In addition, it is important for workers to be aware that your company may not always have your best interests in mind. All too often workers find themselves funneled to doctors whose goal is to issue a company-friendly diagnosis. Without an experienced attorney on your side, you may find yourself in an uphill battle against the company’s extensive resources.
Williams Kherkher can and will fight to help you recover all of the compensation you are entitled to. Our firm has been dedicated to personal injury trial law for more than 35 years. We know that workplace injuries are complicated because of the employee-employer relationships involved, and we can make sure that your loyalty is not exploited. You can have our attorneys review your case and discuss all of your legal options as soon as you call (888) 220-0640 to arrange a free consultation.
Why Do I Need a Work Injury Lawyer?
Trying to handle your workplace injury on your own can involve significant challenges. The insurance company for the employer may ask you to submit to a medical evaluation performed by the employer’s preferred physician.
The supposedly independent examination will typically lead to increased scrutiny of your injuries, and you could be subjected to repeated requests for medical records. Some insurance companies may offer you a settlement, but this figure is almost always well short of what a victim is actually entitled to.
The first benefit of hiring an attorney is that you have someone who can deal with insurance companies on your behalf. You will not have to worry about saying anything that damages your case. Williams Kherkher can immediately begin negotiating with an insurer for a fair and full settlement. When an insurance company refuses to provide a satisfactory offer, we will file a lawsuit.
Why Choose Williams Kherkher?
Williams Kherkher has been handling work injury cases in Houston and across Texas for over 25 years. We have won millions of dollars for our clients, including large verdicts and settlements against some of the largest corporations in the world. While we have the ability to take on these massive companies, we provide each client the personal attention that they deserve.
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 (888) 220-0640 or contact us online to have our lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free consultation.
Work Injury FAQs
We know that on-the-job injuries are physically and emotionally devastating, and for many people the process of recovery and the legal pursuit of justice can be confusing. We have included some helpful answers to frequently asked questions below.
Even if you do not think you were seriously hurt, you should still seek medical attention. A doctor will be able to ensure that you did not suffer an injury involving delayed symptoms, and it it will be to your benefit to have a medical record created as soon as possible after an accident. Another important step to take is to report your injury to your employer. Failure to do this within a specified time frame can prohibit you from holding the employer accountable. If you suffered particularly severe injuries, you may be contacted by the insurance company for the negligent party. Do not speak to these insurers until you have legal representation.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident on the job, it is important for you to see a doctor as soon as possible. Visiting your doctor within the first 72 hours is ideal, to make sure you did not improperly “delay treatment” in the eyes of the insurance company.
If you have been hurt in an accident at work, an experienced worker’s compensation attorney can help you get the benefits you are owed. Your employer’s workers’ comp policy should be in place to help people just like you who have been harmed in an accident on the job site, but if the insurance company denies your benefits claim or if you are not given the fair amount you need to cover your bills and other expenses, you will likely need to hire strong legal representation to protect your interests and maximize the amount of your claim. Don’t wait until it is too late to get the benefits you are owed. Your hard work paid for this policy, and you should be given the fair amount of financial compensation to cover your bills and expenses during your recovery. Contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer at Williams Kherkher for help with your claim today.
You should never sign anything that your company pressures you to sign following an accident without consulting your attorney first. Oftentimes, the insurance company will offer a small sum of money in exchange for the injured employee signing a release or waiver following an accident. By accepting the “lowball” offer, you may lose your chance to pursue the fair and proper amount of compensation you are owed.
Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 41.001(11) defines gross negligence as an act or omission that creates an extreme degree of risk of harm to others that the actor is aware of but ignores, proceeding with the action with no care for others. Gross negligence is one of the grounds on which a person may seek punitive damages.
You will only know for sure if you have a claim by contacting an attorney. Fortunately for you, workers often find that the accident that they believed was their fault was in fact caused by lax safety in the workplace, a dangerous work environment, faulty or ill-maintained equipment, or a number of other factors beyond their control. That’s why it is important to contact a lawyer to discuss your case and investigate the true cause of your injuries.
Employers in Texas who do not carry workers’ compensation insurance are called “non-subscribers”. If you were hurt while working for a non-subscriber, you may be eligible to file a negligence claim against your employer to hold them accountable for your injuries.
Workers’ compensation is more than an understanding that your employer will pay for your medical bills and part of your lost wages in the case that you’ve been injured at work. It covers the injured employee and means that they will not attempt to pursue a personal injury claim against the employer. However, injured employees may be able to pursue a claim against their employer if:
- Your employer denies your valid claim or does not provide workers’ compensation coverage for injured employees
- Your injuries were caused by extreme negligence or were caused by the reckless actions of a contractor or other 3rd party
- The doctor your company sent you to misdiagnosed your injuries or underreported the diagnosis to your employer
In these cases, you may be able to pursue additional compensation aside from the worker’s compensation benefits that you are owed. Make sure to contact an experienced attorney who has handled these matters before to discuss all of your legal options following an accident.
In the case that you’ve been injured in an accident that makes it impossible for you to return to work or perform the duties you once were able to perform, then it would be in your best interest to seek living assistance through long-term disability insurance or permanent disability. You’ll need to check with your employer whether they have coverage for this kind of assistance or seek it through your private insurance company. Through your company, permanent disability should give you a certain percentage of your monthly wage for the duration of your disability. Generally, there are very specific qualifications you must meet to seek out long-term or permanent disability, so speak to your insurance provider, company, and consult with an experienced workplace injury lawyer for information about your rights and options.
Punitive damages are the alternate name for exemplary damages. Exemplary damages are defined under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 41.001(5) as being any damages awarded as a penalty or by way of punishment but not for compensatory purposes. They are neither economic nor noneconomic damages. Punitive damages are not only awarded to punish defendants, but they are intended to discourage others from engaging in similar behavior. Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 41.003(a) establishes that exemplary damages can only be awarded when it is proven by clear and convincing evidence that the harm involved resulted from fraud, malice, or gross negligence. Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 41.008(b), punitive damages cannot exceed the greater of $200,000 or two times the amount of economic damages plus an amount equal to any noneconomic damages found by the jury, but not more than $750,000.