Fort Worth Workplace Accidents Attorney
If you’ve been injured on the job in Fort Worth, Texas, you may have the right to receive a financial settlement or award. Stephens Law can help you understand your options and determine the best course of action.
Contact our Fort Worth workplace accident attorneys today to schedule a free consultation today. We’ll work tirelessly to get you the money you deserve – you just have to call us for help.
How Stephens Law Can Help You After a Workplace Accident in Fort Worth
Whether you’re struggling with an injury or illness that’s developed over time or you’ve suffered acute trauma at work, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
Your injury can cause a lot of pain, require extensive medical attention, and might even keep you out of work.
Fortunately, you do have options. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits or a financial award from a negligent third party.
However, getting money isn’t always easy. Insurance companies and at-fault parties will make things difficult for you. The Fort Worth personal injury attorneys at Stephens Law can help you fight to recover all of the money you need and deserve.
When you contact our Fort Worth law firm for help after a workplace accident, we will:
Investigate Your Accident: We’ll roll up our sleeves and work hard to figure out what caused your accident and who might be responsible. The answers to these questions will be critical as we craft a personal injury claim on your behalf.
Determine Potential Sources of Compensation: Many employers in Texas have to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Many don’t. We’ll review your particular situation, determine if workers’ compensation benefits might be available, and establish all other possible sources of compensation. This comprehensive approach can help us secure a substantial award on your behalf.
Limit Arguments That You Share Fault: Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, so you can receive benefits for your injury even if you are partly or fully responsible for your injury. If, however, you seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit, your role in the accident will be under greater scrutiny. Sharing responsibility for your injuries could hurt or prevent a financial recovery. We’ll work hard to minimize your role in your accident so that we can protect your ability to get the money you need.
Negotiate On Your Behalf: We’ve been working hard on behalf of injured workers in Fort Worth for more than 22 years. We’re familiar with the parties that will be involved in your case and know the lengths to which they’ll go to limit or deny a payout. We also know how to leverage meaningful compensation for our clients. We’ll do everything we can to force at-fault parties and insures to take your claim seriously and get you a reasonable settlement offer.
Litigate Your Case in Court, if Necessary: Sometimes insurance companies drag things out or simply refuse to cooperate. If that’s the case, our award-winning trial lawyers will not hesitate to take your case in front of a jury. We’re tenacious in the courtroom and know how to get a jury on our side.
At Stephens Law, our personal injury lawyers have more than two decades of experience helping victims of workplace accidents in and around Fort Worth. If you’ve been injured on the job, we’re here for you, too. Just give our law office a call to schedule a time to discuss your case at your convenience.
We Handle All Workplace Accident Cases in Fort Worth
At Stephens Law, we’re here to help you in any way that we can after you get hurt at work. Our personal injury team represents clients who have been injured in work-related accidents across many industries, including:
- Construction accidents
- Oil and gas accidents
- Warehouse accidents
- Industrial accidents
- Manufacturing accidents
- Agriculture and farming accidents
- Transportation accidents
- Mining accidents
- Specialty trade contractor accidents
- Janitorial accidents
- Waste removal accidents, and more.
If you’ve been injured at work in Fort Worth, don’t hesitate to give Stephens Law a call to discuss your legal rights.
Types of Workplace Accidents and Illnesses in Fort Worth
Accidents are always possible, no matter what kind of job you have or what industry you work in. Cases our workplace injury attorneys handle in Fort Worth include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Toxic exposure
- Back injuries
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Mesothelioma and other types of cancer
- Crushing injuries
- Falling object injuries
- Machinery accidents, and more.
A worker who gets injured on the job can suffer tragic immediate and long-term consequences. If this has happened to you, a financial award might be available. Stephens Law might be able to help you secure the money you need during this difficult time. Give us a call today to learn more.
Texas Leads the Nation in Fatal Workplace Accidents
No other state in the nation reports more fatal work-related accidents than Texas. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 488 fatal workplace accidents in Texas in 2018. There were 3.8 deaths for every 100,000 full-time workers in the state.
What are the leading causes of these tragic deaths? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that more than half of all workplace fatalities are caused by:
- Falls (33.5 percent)
- Workers struck by an object (11.1 percent)
- Electrocutions (8.5 percent), and
- Workers caught in or between objects (5.5 percent).
Known as the “fatal four,” these types of accidents accounted for 58.6 percent of all construction work-related deaths in 2018.
Securing Compensation After a Workplace Accident in Texas
You may have a few options for recovering compensation after you get hurt on the job in Fort Worth, TX.
Workers’ Compensation Insurance Benefits
Workers’ compensation isn’t required in the state of Texas. Employers are encouraged to purchase a policy, but it’s not mandatory. If your employer does have workers’ compensation insurance coverage, you may be entitled to benefits if you get hurt on the job.
Since workers’ compensation is no-fault coverage, you can even receive money if you caused your accident. In exchange for the no-fault benefits, you generally waive your right to sue your employer.
Benefits that are might available include:
- Medical bills and related expenses
- Temporary wage benefits, typically 70 percent of your average weekly pay
- Supplemental wage benefits if you are disabled after you reach Maximum Medical Improvement; and
- Permanent benefits, typically 75 percent of your pre-injury wage if you are permanently disabled after your workplace accident
Note that your employer is required to tell you that you have five days from the date of your accident to waive your right to workers’ compensation benefits. If you waive the rights to secure workers’ compensation benefits, you can pursue damages through a personal injury lawsuit against your employer and/or other negligent third parties.
Personal Injury Lawsuit
You might want to consider filing a civil personal injury lawsuit if:
- Your employer doesn’t have workers’ compensation
- You waive your right to benefits, and/or
- A negligent third party caused your injury.
You can even choose to collect workers’ compensation AND file a lawsuit against someone other than your employer. For instance, you might consider both if you got hurt on the job because of a defective piece of machinery or equipment. You could collect workers’ compensation and file a product liability lawsuit against the company that manufactured or sold the defective machinery.
When you file a lawsuit, you’ll have to establish that someone is strictly liable for your injuries or that you were injured because someone was negligent. If you succeed in doing so, you can potentially recover damages for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
As you can see, the damages available through a personal injury lawsuit are a bit more expansive than those offered through a workers’ comepnsation insurance policy.
How Long Do I Have to Demand Compensation After a Fort Worth Workplace Accident?
It depends. If you decide to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, you’ll have 30 days to begin the process. If you decide to file a lawsuit, you must act within the applicable statute of limitations. For most personal injury cases in Texas, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of your accident.
If you wait too long to assert your rights, your claim will be barred and you won’t be able to get any money, at all. That’s why it can be critical to reach out to a qualified Fort Worth workplace accident lawyer as soon as you can after you get hurt on the job.
Call Our Fort Worth Workplace Accident Attorneys Today
Have you been injured on the job in Fort Worth? Has a loved one died in a fatal accident there? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. The Fort Worth personal injury lawyers at Stephens Law can help you fight to secure a substantial monetary award. Simply give our law firm a call to schedule a free case evaluation today and learn more.