Many Texans work in potentially dangerous situations. Construction, agricultural, oil and gas, transportation, and many other workers all face hazards every day. They have to rely on their training and experience to make it through each shift. However, everyone knows that you cannot solely rely on yourself to avoid an accident. You have to depend on your fellow workers, supervisors, and others in the area to do their part. All it takes is one person to be careless, reckless, or malicious, and you can find yourself badly injured at work.
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If you were harmed while working, we recommend contacting an injury at work lawyer as soon as possible. You need to know your rights, especially regarding compensation. You need to know how you are going to pay the bills when you may not be getting your regular paychecks. You need to know how you are going to make ends meet without draining your savings. A Texas personal injury attorney should be your first call.
Our work accident attorneys at Begum Law Group are here to help. We will investigate your circumstances and advise you about your right to recover an injured-at-work settlement. If someone from outside your job caused you harm, or if workers’ compensation insurance does not cover you, we can also represent you in a third-party liability claim. To learn more, contact The Law Giant online or call 866-523-4167 to schedule a free, no-risk consultation.
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In 2016, Texas had a private sector workplace injury and illness rate of 2.2 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers, according to the Texas Department of Insurance. The total number of non-fatal illnesses and injuries was 185,299 that year.
Within the goods-producing sectors, agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting had the highest rate of injury and illness at 4.1 per 100 full-time workers. Construction had a rate of 2.0, and manufacturing had a rate of 2.5.
Among the service-providing sectors, transportation and warehousing had the highest rate at 3.8. This was followed by retail at a rate of 3.1 and trade, transportation, and utilities with a rate of 3.0. The financial, insurance, and real estate trade had the lowest rate for a service providing sector at .09.
In 2016, there were also 545 fatal workplace injuries in Texas. This was a 3 percent rise from the year before, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Texas’ fatal occupational injury rate was 4.4 per 100,000 full-time employees.
With fatal injuries, transportation incidents were the most common cause. The second most common fatal injury was falling, followed by contact with equipment and objects. These are not surprising figures. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has dubbed falls, being struck by objects, and being caught-in or between objects as three of the “Fatal Four” within the construction industry and other private sectors.
If you were hurt at work, or your loved one was killed in a job-related accident, call a work injury attorney at Begum Law Group today. We understand how difficult it is to take time off to heal because of someone else’s carelessness, recklessness, or intentional misconduct. You are forced to deal with medical bills while also losing out on your normal income. Your physical injuries can lead to serious financial harm, and you deserve to be compensated.
Our workplace injury lawyers at Begum Law Group handle claims arising from a wide range of work-related incidents. Some of the most common accidents we handle are:
Construction workers face a high risk of injury, particularly around construction vehicles and machinery, high structures, and in work zones open to passenger vehicles. All it takes is for one person to be careless, and you could end up seriously hurt. You also are exposed to potentially harmful substances, materials, and environments. If someone’s negligence causes you to get sick, call us right away.
Transportation accidents while at work are all too common. You may be struck by another vehicle or machine while in a vehicle. This auto accident could cause serious injuries. You also could be struck by a vehicle while on the ground. Back-over and blind spot accidents are common. If you were struck while you were unprotected, you may suffer from catastrophic injuries. After a work-related vehicle accident, you should contact a work accident lawyer for help.
Forklifts are used in many sectors, including warehousing, retail, and construction. These vehicles may look easy to use compared to other equipment. However, operators require specific training and licensing. If someone operates a forklift without the proper qualifications or permission, or they operate it carelessly, they can cause a serious accident. If you were injured in an incident involving a forklift, do not hesitate to contact us about your legal options.
In many industries, you are often surrounded by large and heavy pieces of equipment and machinery. You may use some of these items, or you may work around them. In either case, you or the operators need the proper training, qualifications, and supervision. Without these elements, the risk of incidents involving equipment and machinery is high.
Texas is a popular U.S. state for oil and natural gas production. There are more than a dozen fields throughout the state, including the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale. Getting oil from these fields takes a great deal of work. If you work in one of these fields, you face a number of hazards every day, including toxic gases and liquids like hydrogen sulfide, silica, mercury, explosions, falls, vehicle accidents, struck by objects, and high-pressure lines. If you were injured while working on an oilfield, call a work accident attorney as soon as you can.
Numerous freight carriers and passenger rails run through Texas. This means the state has a large number of workers involved with trains, tracks, and rail stations. As one of these workers, you face several hazards while on duty. However, if you are injured, you may not go through the same process as someone injured on a Texas construction site or in a store. Your injuries and compensation may be covered by the federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). You should contact our FELA attorneys to discuss your legal options right away.
If you get injured at work, you should contact an attorney who can review the situation, explain your rights, and guide you through the process of recovering compensation. Whether you are suffering from moderate injuries, and you expect a full recovery, or you have experienced debilitating injuries, you deserve to seek compensation. You deserve to have a lawyer who will fight for you and seek to maximize your economic and non-economic damages.
At Begum Law Group, our work injury lawyers, handle claims involving the most common workplace injuries:
Whatever injury you are suffering from, call Begum Law Group right away.
If you were injured while working, in most circumstances you will have the right to some level of financial benefits or compensation. However, your options for compensation and the amount you may receive depend on various factors, including who is responsible for your injuries, whether you have workers’ compensation insurance, whether you can pursue a third-party liability claim, the severity of your injuries, your financial losses, and more.
After being hurt at work, call a workplace injury attorney to discuss your options for compensation.
If you got injured at work, you have rights. However, they will differ depending on the circumstances. It is important you determine whether you have a workers’ compensation claim or not, and whether you have a third-party claim or not.
At Begum Law Group, our workplace accident attorneys represent individuals in third-party liability claims. If a coworker or supervisor caused your injuries, and you have workers’ comp insurance, then you will receive workers’ comp benefits after making a workplace injury report. However, if someone from outside of your employer caused you harm, then you may have a third-party claim.
During a third-party claim, the party that caused you harm may work for another business. For example, on construction sites, there are often multiple businesses and subcontractors. You could be injured by someone working on the same site for a different company.
You could be injured by a pedestrian or someone entirely uninvolved with your work. For example, if you are a construction worker who was working on the side of a road, you could be struck by a driver who was speeding through the work zone.
Your injuries could be the result of a defective product. If you were hurt while working because of a defective and dangerous product, then the product manufacturer or retailer may be liable for your injuries.
Another example of a third-party claim is if you were injured during a violent incident. This is, unfortunately, becoming a more common scenario, such as if someone were to perpetrate a workplace shooting. In these situations, if the offender comes into the environment to intentionally cause people harm you may have a third-party claim against the perpetrator.
At Begum Law Group, we are often asked whether someone can sue their employer after a suffering a workplace injury. The answer is that it depends. If you have workers’ compensation coverage, then you cannot typically sue your employer for your damages.
If workers’ comp insurance does not cover you, and a coworker or supervisor was at fault for your injuries, you may be able to file a claim against your employer and pursue work injury damages.
You may also be able to file a lawsuit if a specific coworker or your employer injured you because of their gross negligence or intentional misconduct. For instance, if a worker assaulted you while on duty, this could lead to a legal claim.
It is unwise to make assumptions about filing lawsuits against your employer after a workplace accident. Instead, you should always speak with a work-related injury attorney to determine your legal rights and potential compensation.
If you have a valid third-party liability claim, then your attorney will discuss its potential value. Depending on your circumstances, you may pursue compensation for your:
The more serious your injuries, typically, the greater the compensation you can request. This is because more serious injuries often correspond to more time off work, disfigurements or disabilities, and severe physical pain and emotional suffering. Additionally, catastrophic injuries often lead to a loss of normal life and a significantly reduced earning potential, both of which can be compensated for.
However, you should not assume your accident-at-work claim is worth a certain amount without speaking to an attorney.
is the average loss caused by a work-related injury. This includes lost wages, diminished productivity, and medical expenses.
If you were injured at work and someone from outside of your employer is responsible, call Begum Law Group today at 866-523-4167. If we find the at-fault party was not a coworker or manager, then The Law Giant will guide you through an injury-at-work claim. Through this, our work accident lawyers will fight for you to receive the maximum amount of compensation possible. You can also reach out to us online to schedule a free, no-risk initial consultation.