No one should have to put his or her life at risk just to bring home a paycheck. Although there are state and federal regulations in place to keep workplaces reasonably safe, thousands of workers are injured on the job each year due to failure to comply with safety regulations. Being injured the job can have serious and sometimes permanent consequences, so employers who create, enable, or ignore dangerous workplace conditions need to be held accountable.
Workplace Injuries In Texas
The state of Texas sees a large number of workplace injuries, and not just because of its size. Two of the most dangerous industries (oil and gas and construction) are experiencing a boom in Texas. Although the oil and gas and construction industries inherently carry more risk, following safety regulations should make them reasonably safe for workers. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Some of the most common workplace injuries in Texas include:
- Crushing injuries
- Amputation injuries
- Broken bones
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
No Workers’ Compensation In Texas
Texas is one of two states that do not require private insurers to subscribe to workers’ compensation programs. This means if a worker is injured on the job, they are responsible for paying their own medical expenses and do not automatically receive lost wages for the time off from work they spend recovering. With a high number of workplace injuries and no required compensation system to help after an injury, workers in Texas face serious hardships because employers put them at risk.
Know Your Rights After A Texas Work Injury
All Texas employers are required to provide the training, safety equipment, and appropriate warning signs needed to keep a workplace safe. If an employer fails to do this and an injury occurs, victims can seek compensation through filing a civil lawsuit. Victims can pursue compensation for emergency medical expenses, ongoing medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earning capacity from permanent injuries, and lost wages.
Houston Workplace Injury Lawyer
At The McMillan Law Firm, we help injured workers hold negligent employers accountable while pursuing the compensation they need to completely recover. If you or someone you love was injured on the job, contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options. There is no upfront cost for working with us and you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation.