The workplace is where we earn our livings, hone our skills, and forge lifelong friendships with our colleagues. Unfortunately, it’s also where many people are injured and killed each year. As of 2015, Texas saw the highest number of workplace deaths in the country.
Even when they don’t result in death, on-the-job accidents can have devastating effects on workers’ quality of life and long-term earning abilities. Tragically, many of those cases could be prevented with better use of safety gear, handrails, and other mechanisms designed to protect workers.
On-the-Job Injuries Happen Everywhere
Industrial injuries occur around dangerous machinery or on job sites that require workers to climb heights. Those circumstances lead to slip-and-fall injuries, electrocution, and other life-threatening accidents. Anytime you’re working around ladders, saws, and industrial cutting mechanisms, the risk of accident and death increases significantly as well.
Many of these accidents are preventable, which makes them all the more devastating. Manufacturers often deliver saws and other high-risk tools with safety guards and protective mechanisms in place. But then someone at the company removes those guards, perhaps mistakenly thinking this will increase efficiency, and a worker ends up running their hand through the saw.
We’ve seen cases in which wearing simple eye protection could have made all the difference. In one instance, two men were using nail guns to build palettes and neither wore eye protection. When a nail ricocheted off a knot in the wood, it struck one of the men in his right eye. He was already blind in his left eye, and the accident left him permanently unable to see. These are the types of devastating cases that occur every day in Texas and all over America.
Choosing Representation and Building a Case
We know that thinking about lawyers and court cases is the last thing you want to do when coping with tragedy. But in cases of catastrophic injury or death, you must hire representation immediately. The earlier a lawyer is involved, the better their chances of ensuring fair compensation for you and your family.
Many victims want to know from the outset how much their cases are worth. We understand that the financial burden caused by on-the-job accidents can exacerbate an already traumatic experience. However, it’s impossible to know how much compensation you’re eligible for before we’ve investigated your claim. Sometimes people suffer horrendous injuries but there’s slim liability on the employer’s side, so the victims don’t receive much. In other cases, the liability is there, but the injuries are not life-altering enough to warrant a major settlement.
The truth is, we can’t estimate what your settlement might be until we know the circumstances of your injury. And you should avoid any lawyer who tells you otherwise.
Whether you choose to work with us or another lawyer, I recommend asking about the firm’s history of on-the-job injury cases. What types of clients did they represent? What were the outcomes of their cases? In Texas, anyone can claim to be a personal injury lawyer. But limit your search to those who are board-certified and have proven records of successfully representing catastrophic injury cases. Check your lawyer’s Avvo rank as well, and don’t sign with anyone whose rating falls below 10. There are plenty of law firms in Texas, so don’t settle for anything less than an experienced attorney who has on-the-job injury expertise.
On-the-job injuries devastate workers and their families. We can’t ease your physical pain or turn back the clock to spare you and your loved ones that anguish. But we can help you build your case and secure whatever compensation is available to you. We’ll alleviate the burden of proving your employer’s negligence, and we will provide legal and logistical support throughout the case so you can focus on healing and rebuilding your life.
By: Kay Van Wey | November 21st, 2017