Tyler Work Injury Lawyers
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, The Benton Law Firm is here to help. You work hard for your employer, and in return, you should be able to expect them to support you in the event of a workplace injury. All too often, however, businesses and their workers’ compensation insurers try to reduce or outright deny benefits to hard-working employees who are injured on the job. When you are denied benefits, it can be easy to feel hopeless and betrayed at the same time that your finances are being devastated. You may want to consider seeking legal assistance to get back on track to receiving the compensation you need to help with your recovery.
Our Tyler work injury attorneys have years of experience helping injured employees receive proper compensation after workplace accidents. With our deep understanding of Texas workers’ compensation law and the claims process, we can help increase your chances of getting the compensation you need and deserve. To discuss your legal options, contact us today at (214) 219-4878.
Workplace Accident Claims We Handle
Construction, manufacturing, mining, and logging are industries that come to mind when you think about workplace injuries, but in fact, there is a potential for injury in almost any job. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets safety standards for employers in all industries to follow, but all too often, a breach in protocol can cause even well-prepared employees to experience a serious injury in the workplace. Here are some of the most common types of workplace accidents:
- Construction accidents
- Slip and fall
- Impact from a falling or moving object
- Being caught between objects
- Working in awkward or uncomfortable positions
- Heavy lifting
- Workplace vehicle accidents
Note that some of these injuries happen in a sudden accident, while others can happen gradually over time. Whatever the specific cause of your injury, if it happened on the job as a part of your regular duties, you should be entitled to compensation through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy. If your employer does not carry such a policy, you can take legal action against them in a personal injury suit.
Common Injuries Resulting from Workplace Accidents
Employees hurt on the job come away with a wide variety of injuries, depending on the nature of their work and the type of accident that happened. Here are some of the common types of injuries for which employees make workers’ compensation insurance claims:
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries and nerve damage
- Broken bones
- Muscle strain and related injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Lung disease or poisoning from inhaling fumes
These and other workplace injuries are often preventable if employers simply follow the safety guidelines set by OSHA. Still, employees can unwittingly suffer these injuries in the blink of an eye, even if they think their conditions are perfectly safe. Whatever injury you have suffered on the job, you have options to pursue compensation.
Understanding Workers’ Compensation Laws in Texas
Texas is unique among states in many ways, and one of those is that private employers are not legally required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. However, many employers choose to do so anyway because, under state law, insured employers are immune from most personal injury lawsuits, while uninsured employers are wide open to them. Furthermore, state law actually limits the insurance payout you can receive through your employer’s workers’ compensation policy.
The process of recovering compensation for your workplace injury in Tyler or anywhere else in Texas will depend heavily on whether or not your employer subscribes to workers’ compensation insurance. If your employer does have such a policy, you will have to go through the insurance claims process, and your eventual monetary award will be limited. If your employer does not have such a policy, you will have to file a personal injury lawsuit and fight for compensation through either an out-of-court settlement or a court verdict. Either way, a Tyler workplace injury lawyer from The Benton Law Firm can increase your chance of receiving significant compensation for your injuries.
How a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Can Help
If your employer carries workers’ compensation insurance, an experienced Tyler workers’ compensation lawyer can help you through the claims process. Filing a claim can seem deceptively simple, but remember that you are not the company’s insured; your employer is. Any workers’ compensation insurer has every incentive to protect their own bottom line and that of the company that is paying them. They will often try their hardest to deny benefits to injured employees, even going so far as to hire private investigators to try to undermine employees’ accounts of their injuries. A lawyer can help you get your evidence in order to prove that the injury took place on the job and to show the true extent of your injuries, helping you to receive as much compensation as possible.
If your employer does not carry workers’ compensation insurance, an experienced Tyler workplace injury lawyer can help you file a personal injury suit against your employer to recover compensation. This will involve proving that your employer’s negligence caused your injury. While a lawsuit can sound a lot more daunting than a simple insurance claim, it may be your only avenue to receive compensation, and at least the amount you receive will not be limited by insurance laws. An experienced personal injury lawyer will have the know-how needed to succeed, regardless of what avenue your case has to take.
Recovering from a workplace injury is a difficult time in your life. In addition to dealing with the pain of recovery, you may be unable to return to work for some time, making it harder to support yourself and your family. On top of all of this, the presence or absence of workers’ compensation insurance can make the whole process of fighting for compensation seem like a headache. You don’t have to go through this alone. The Tyler injury attorneys at The Benton Law Firm can help you find the right avenue to seek compensation, whatever your situation. For more information how we can help, call us now at (214) 219-4878.