An accident at work can do more than just interfere with your career. It could cause temporary or permanent personal injuries, along with expensive medical bills and significant pain and suffering. At the law firm of Mike Love & Associates, LLC, we help people in Houston, Texas who have experienced traumatic workplace injuries. Our Houston workplace injury lawyers handle a range of accident types, from slip and falls to toxic exposure. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation in Houston.
Workplace accidents can cause serious and catastrophic injuries. A bad fall, electrocution, head or brain injury, equipment incident, car accident, and many other accident and injury types can lead to devastating consequences. If you or a loved one suffered serious personal injuries at work in East Texas, hire a workplace accident attorney to protect your best interests. A Houston personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you file a workers’ compensation claim and/or personal injury lawsuit against your employer, a product manufacturer or another at-fault party. We have the resources and skills to fight for top results on your behalf. We will make sure no party takes advantage of you.
In Texas, every employer has a duty to reasonably prevent worker accidents and injuries. This duty comes with responsibilities such as properly training employees, equipping them with safety gear, inspecting the workplace for hazards and maintaining a safe work environment. When an employer breaches this duty of care – often to save time or money – workers can get hurt. In these cases, the employer could be liable for damages. Other common causes of worker injuries include negligent coworkers, acts of violence, defective tools and products, and careless property owners.
After a workplace injury in Houston, one of your first outlets for financial recovery may be a workers’ compensation claim. Texas is the only state, however, that does not make this type of insurance mandatory for employers. If your employer does offer workers’ comp, file a claim right away for damages. Do not accept a settlement, however, until you have at least spoken to a workplace accident attorney. If your employer has no workers’ compensation option, the law may entitle you to a personal injury lawsuit instead.
Once you accept a workers’ compensation award, you cannot file a civil claim against your employer. If your employer negligently or recklessly caused your injuries, a civil claim could result in better recovery than workers’ comp. If someone else caused your injuries, you or your attorney may be able to file for both workers’ compensation and a personal injury lawsuit. The law allows workers to obtain awards through both systems in third-party claims. A Houston personal injury lawyer from the law firm of Mike Love & Associates, LLC can review your case and help you understand which legal action to take.
If you are filing for workers’ compensation, you must report the accident to your employer as soon as possible. You have one year after the injury occurs to file a claim. If you are bringing a personal injury lawsuit against one or more parties, you have two years from the date of the accident or discovery of injury to file.
Receive a free, no-obligation consultation about your Houston workplace injury claim today at our local law firm. We can also visit a hospital or your home if you cannot come to us. Let us discuss your future and how we believe you should proceed. Contact us online or call Mike Love & Associates, LLC at (713) 752-0100.