Dallas Attorney for Work Injuries Caused by Unsafe Work Conditions from Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Workers who continue to stay on the job during the coronavirus pandemic face unique challenges. Increased social distancing, spread-out shifts, and less personal contact might make your job more difficult, but it should not make things more dangerous. Moreover, day-to-day safety conditions and practices should not lapse during this difficult time.
If you were injured at work because of unsafe conditions during the coronavirus pandemic, talk to a lawyer today. Our Dallas attorneys for work injuries caused by unsafe work conditions from coronavirus (COVID-19) might be able to take your case and fight to get you compensation from your employer for the injuries you suffered. For a free legal consultation, call us today at (817) 476-1797.
Suing an Employer for Dangerous Work Conditions During COVID-19 in Dallas
If you were injured because your employer allowed there to be unsafe conditions at your workplace, you might be entitled to sue. Employers owe their workers a duty to properly train them and provide them with safe workplaces and safety gear to prevent injuries on the job. If you were injured, this might mean that they breached that duty.
In some cases, workers’ compensation might cover your case. Both employers and employees are able to opt out of workers’ comp. in Texas, which means that you might have taken steps to retain your right to sue. If you are instead covered by workers’ comp., you might have to file a claim against your employer through that system unless your injury involved intentional violence or certain types of injuries. However, you can always file a lawsuit against a third party, such as another worker, a customer, or the manufacturer of defective or dangerous equipment.
If you can file a lawsuit, this might allow you to sue your employer directly and claim additional damages. Workers’ comp. usually covers limited damages for lost wages and requires you to use an approved doctor to get medical care covered. If you sue instead, you can usually claim full lost wage damages, medical care costs from a doctor of your choice, and damages for pain and suffering. However, you first must prove that your employer was at fault for your injuries.
Proving a Dallas Employer’s Fault in a Workplace Injury from Coronavirus
Some industries face significant challenges because of coronavirus. Essential workers like nurses and grocery store workers are often on the frontlines and could be exposed to coronavirus without reasonable precautions to keep these workers safe. While coronavirus is certainly a health risk for many essential workers, other day-to-day risks like slippery floors and other unsafe work conditions could also cause injuries. Many employers are taking the COVID-19 outbreak and the confusion it caused as an excuse to cut back on safety provisions, potentially putting workers at an unnecessary risk of injury.
Regardless of what caused your injury, you must prove that your employer was somehow responsible in order to get compensation from your employer. This often means pointing to policies or practices at work that put you in danger. You could also point to OSHA violations or violations of other safety regulations or reasonable safety practices to prove that your employer made mistakes leading to your injury.
Once you prove that your employer’s mistakes created the conditions for the injury to occur, you must prove that those conditions did indeed cause your injuries. If you were injured by a coworker or because of your own mistakes, your employer might try to argue that the unsafe conditions did not actually cause your injuries. Our attorneys can help connect the dots for the court and prove that your employer’s negligence was the direct cause of your injuries.
Lastly, in order to get compensation for the harm you faced, you must prove to the court how much your damages are worth.
Damages for On-the-Job Injuries During the Coronavirus Pandemic in Dallas
If you were hurt at work, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries and any other harm that resulted from the accident. In some cases, you might face illness from coronavirus because of unreasonable safety risks at work, which could also entitle you to compensation. If you can prove that your employer was negligent and allowed your injuries or illness to occur, you can typically get compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Injuries at work can cause permanent or serious effects that require extensive medical treatment. COVID-19 can often require hospitalization, even for people without preexisting conditions. Hospitals facing an influx of coronavirus patients are often stressed for resources, which might mean that additional injuries and disabilities might be harder to treat and could lead to a delay in treatment, potentially requiring further ongoing care or additional procedures down the road.
If your injury or illness keeps you from working, you might be entitled to compensation for the wages you lost during this period. Especially in tough economic times, these damages will be essential to you and your family.
Lastly, you might be entitled to damages for pain and suffering. If your injury resulted in permanent disability or long-term health issues, the pain and suffering might interrupt your life for years to come. If you do catch coronavirus because of unsafe work conditions, you could face very painful and uncomfortable effects that could entitle you to high pain and suffering damages.
Call Our Dallas Work Injury Lawyer for Coronavirus-Related Accidents
If you or a loved one was injured at work or came down with the coronavirus because of unsafe work conditions, contact a lawyer immediately. The Queenan Law Firm’s Dallas attorney for work injuries caused by unsafe work conditions from coronavirus (COVID-19) might be able to help you get compensation for the injuries and illness you faced. Call our attorneys today to set up a free legal consultation on your potential case. Our number is (817) 476-1797.