Workplace injury in Texas can involve a range of on-the-job accidents. The statistical data indicates that Texas holds the ominous rank of #1 state for workplace injury and illness. While workers don’t expect to be injured or become ill while on the job, it happens every day, so It’s important to know what can and should happen when there’s a serious injury on the job.
An employee should know what his/her rights are under state and federal law, but it’s also important for employees to know about his/her right to reach out for legal assistance. More than anything, an employee who is injured on the job must make sure that he/she is making the best choices for his/her own health and safety.
What is a workplace injury or accident?
A workplace accident can involve injuries that involve quick recoveries or long-term recovery and disabilities. On-the-job injuries may involve these types of incidents (although this list is not exhaustive):
- Machinery accident
- Workplace violence
- Car Accident
- Repetitive motion injury
According to the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), employers reported 187,600 incidents of injuries and illnesses. When these accidents and injuries take place, an employer may not have insurance that will cover the injury, or he/she may not have adequate insurance. That’s why it’s so important to reach out to a lawyer for advice and representation.
What are your rights when you’re injured on-the-job?
Workplace injuries are nothing really new. They’ve been happening for long enough now that there are laws in place to protect workers and ensure that unsafe conditions are addressed. Employees have rights under federal and state law, but he/she must know those rights. Here’s a quick rundown:
- Employees have the right to a safe environment at work.
- Employees have the right to emergency care for an injury.
Even when it’s clear that a workplace accident or incident contributed to the injury, the process is not always as seamless or as straightforward as it should be. While some employers have the process clearly defined in an Employee Handbook and Training Materials for new-employee onboarding, that’s not always the case.
What process should you follow when you’ve been injured on the job?
Even if there is no clearly defined process for reporting on-the-job accidents and/or injuries, it’s still important to follow a process. Here are some typical steps you should follow:
- The employee should report the incident and injury to his/her supervisor or manager.
- The employee should seek medical intervention and care, with the goal of assessing the severity of the injury, mitigating the effects of the injury, and determining any long-term side-effects.
- When an employee needs medical intervention, a police officer will often take a report about the accident.
Regardless of what path an employee takes in filing a worker’s compensation claim or filing a worker’s injury lawsuit, every employee must retain and keep track of all workplace notifications, reports, medical records, and law-enforcement reports. That paperwork is a statement of fact that can be used as proof of the accident and injury for a worker’s compensation claim. The details are also essential for employees when they reach out to a workplace injury lawyer for a free consultation and recommendation on the next steps to take.
This paperwork is valuable supporting documentation for the employee’s long-term records as well. In those cases where the full effects of the injury are not fully realized until months or even years later, the employee must be able to show the pattern of evidence, based on workplace reports, medical examinations, and other tangible proof. Without the detailed collection of evidence, these cases can easily be denied or thrown out of court because of the lack of evidence.
What’s the Next Step: Schedule Your Consultation with Hanna Law Firm?
When you’ve been injured on the job, you need help. Unfortunately, you may feel like your hands are tied. You may just not know what to do or who to turn to, particularly when faced with an employer’s insurance company and their refusal to accept responsibility for the injury and subsequent inability to work. It’s not something that you probably ever imagined you’d have to deal with at work. Who honestly wants to believe that he/she will be injured on the job? Then, you’re faced with the hassle of trying to recover while navigating worker’s compensation, insurance companies, return to work possibilities and all the rest.
The process of challenging a denial of a claim, or even understanding the full requirements of a worker’s compensation claim, is convoluted and confusing. That’s why Hanna Law Firm makes the process as straightforward and easy as possible. From the first phone call, through the free consultation, and beyond, the process is designed to explain your rights as an employee in Texas, but they don’t stop there. Hanna Law Firm lawyers demonstrate how the process works and then they take the hands-on approach of explaining how Hanna Law Firm can help. Call 432-580-4878 or sign up for a free consultation today to learn more.