Austin Work Injury Attorney
Work Accident Lawsuits in Texas
If you or someone you care about has been injured on the job, whether it be on a construction site or in an office, it may feel natural to turn to workers’ compensation to get the benefits you need to recover. However, Texas is the only state in the union that does not require employers to have workers’ compensation coverage. Therefore, let your work injury lawyer verify if your employer is a subscriber or not. Secondly, let us see if there is a negligent party and possibly a personal injury claim.
At Chris Morrow Law, PLLC, Attorney Chris Morrow has handled many work injury claims for clients who have been injured in Austin and elsewhere in Texas and can sit with you in a free consultation to determine whether this is an option for you. We’re also connected to local medical professionals who can diagnose your injuries and get you the treatment you need before we work to settle your injury claim. If someone besides your employer caused your injuries, you could have a valuable third-party claim.
Injured in the workplace? You deserve to be protected. Reach out to our Austin work injury lawyer online or by phone today at (512) 641-5232 to speak with us in a free consultation in English or Spanish.
Work Injury Claims Vs. Workers’ Comp Claims
People confuse work injury claims with workers’ compensation claims all the time, but the two are extremely different and are determined based on fault. A worker who is injured on the job can file for workers’ compensation benefits (assuming their employer is a Texas subscriber) without needing to prove that their employer or coworkers are at fault for their damages. As an employee you have certain rights, including receiving benefits after an accident for damages like lost earnings, medical expenses, and permanent impairment.
In some cases, workers can file third-party personal injury claims when they’re injured on the job by an individual or company who isn’t their employer. In these claims, victims must establish that the third party was negligent and that this negligence contributed to their damages, just like any other personal injury claim. In addition to receiving compensation for medical bills and lost wages, individuals can also be compensated for pain and suffering, which individuals who file workers’ comp claims aren’t necessarily entitled to.
Damages You Can Recover After a Work Injury
Work injury claims can be complex to navigate when other parties are involved. It’s likely that third parties and their insurance companies will try to distance themselves as much as possible from your accident and blame your employer instead or you, the victim. Having a personal injury attorney representing you is important so all of these potential consequences can be anticipated.
By filing a work injury claim on your behalf, we can recover damages like your medical bills, which may total hundreds of thousands of dollars if you’ve had to be hospitalized or undergo surgery. We can also provide for your lost income, any property damage that occurred, and non-economic damages like mental anguish and physical suffering, which are damages that the typical workers’ comp claim might not cover.
After a workplace injury, you deserve to be represented by a law firm that knows your rights and can fight to protect them. Call our Austin work injury lawyer today at (512) 641-5232.