Fort Worth, TX Work Injury Attorney
If you are injured at work in Texas, you may have several options for getting compensated. For example, you may qualify for workers’ compensation, depending on what caused your workplace injury. Even if you are ineligible for workers’ comp benefits, you may be able to recover compensation by suing your employer for negligence, or by filing lawsuits against third parties who contributed to your injuries.
Because there are several strategies to consider – and many complex regulations – you should work with an experienced work injury lawyer, like Kevin Queenan, who can help you weigh your options. With over 20 years of experience fighting for injured workers in Texas, Kevin Queenan is an aggressive and effective work injury lawyer serving Fort Worth and its suburbs. For a free legal consultation about your Fort Worth workplace accident, call The Queenan Law Firm, P.C. at (817) 476-1797, or contact us online today.
Workplace Injury + Fatality Statistics
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), “There were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2018,” roughly the same amount reported during the previous year. Most of the reported injuries were caused by the following types of accidents:
- “Contact with objects and equipment,” such as being struck by a heavy object, or coming into contact with electrical wiring
- Falls from heights at work
- Workplace slip and fall accidents
Unfortunately, many fatal and nonfatal accidents occur here in Texas, which has one of the largest economies in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which is also part of the DOL, there were 534 fatal workplace injuries in Texas during 2017, predominantly attributed to the following causes:
- Contact with objects or equipment
- “Exposure to harmful substances or environments” (such as toxic chemicals)
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Transportation accidents
- Workplace fires and explosions
- Workplace violence (workplace assault) or animal attacks
Common Causes of Workplace Accidents in Fort Worth, Texas
Many workplace injuries are caused by falls from heights, slip and fall accidents, or contact with objects. But what causes these hazards to develop in the first place? Why would a worker have a slip and fall accident, or accidentally come into contact with a hazardous substance?
The answer is often negligence: a careless failure to meet reasonable standards, considering the circumstances. For example, an employer might fail to maintain reasonably safe working conditions, or might fail to provide adequate supervision or safety training. Factors like these can easily lead to a preventable accident, even when workers are cautious and experienced.
If worker injuries result from an employer’s negligence, the worker may be able to file a lawsuit. However, in other cases, it may be more appropriate to file for workers’ compensation benefits, which does not require the worker to prove negligence. These two strategies are compared below.
Can I Sue My Employer for a Work Injury in Texas?
The answer to this question depends on several factors. One of the most important factors is whether your employer provides workers’ compensation benefits.
It is not mandatory for Texas employers to carry workman’s comp insurance, meaning some individuals are covered while others are not. A Fort Worth work injury attorney from The Queenan Law Firm can determine whether you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits – and, if you are ineligible, can help you explore alternate ways to pursue financial compensation.
For example, if you cannot obtain workers’ comp benefits, it may be possible to sue your employer as an alternative. However, your success is contingent on many variables. One of the most important is your ability to show that your employer was negligent, meaning your employer failed to meet basic, reasonable standards of care and worker safety.
You do not need to prove that your employer was negligent, or at fault for your injuries, in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits. However, your ability to recover certain damages, such as compensation for pain and suffering, may be somewhat limited by filing a workman’s comp claim. Moreover, if you file for workers’ comp, you may be unable to file a lawsuit against your employer.
In some situations, it may be possible to sue a third party other than your employer, depending on that party’s role in your injuries. For instance, if your injuries were caused or exacerbated by defective safety equipment, it may be possible to sue the company that sold or manufactured the faulty gear.
Since each worker’s situation is unique, it is crucial to compare strategies in detail, carefully weighing whether to file a lawsuit or file for workers’ comp. A skilled attorney can help you see and avoid potential obstacles, taking the route designed to maximize your recovery.
Fort Worth, TX Work Accident Lawyers
You have worked hard all your life, yet you were injured through no fault of your own. You deserve an attorney who will fight just as hard on your behalf.
At The Queenan Law Firm, P.C., we are proud to serve the workers who drive the Texas economy, from oil and gas workers, to waiters and retail workers, to construction workers and heavy laborers. If you were injured on the job, we are here to advise and counsel you – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Contact us online right away to set up a free legal consultation, or call The Queenan Law Firm at (817) 476-1797 to speak with a Fort Worth workplace accident lawyer today.