If you have been injured on the job, you might feel as if the world has come crashing down on you. Accident victims, in general, experience a wide range of emotions and thoughts, ranging from anger to sadness to depression and more, all the more for work accident injuries. Your way of life may have suddenly come to a screeching halt, and rather than supporting you and being on your side, the employer whom you have sacrificed and given so much to might appear to be working against your best interests. Cases like these merit the representation of a work injury lawyer in Houston, TX!
At The Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec, work injury victims can get free consultations. If you would like to schedule your free consultation with a work injury lawyer in Houston, you may do so online, or you can call us at 281-643-2000.
5 Things to Know if You Have Been Injured at Work
Here is what you need to know if you have been injured on the job:
#1: We Need to Establish Your Classification
Before we can determine which set of TX work injury laws apply to your case, we first need to establish whether you are an employee or an independent contractor. Typically, employers will be responsible for employee injuries, and independent contractors might be responsible for their own injuries, but this isn’t always the case. We need to talk to you first to establish the proper classification.
#2: Duty of Care
If you are an employee, then your employer owes you a duty of care. In other words, it is expected that your employer should provide you with a clean and safe work environment. If you were injured on the job as an employee, you could file for Workers’ Compensation. If your employer failed to provide a clean, safe work environment, then they might be liable as well.
#3: Employee Negligence
Workers Comp is standard for employees who are injured on the job. However, there are instances when employers are negligent and injuries result. In a case like these, you will want to file two claims – Workers’ Compensation and a claim against your employer.
#4: Non-Subscriber Work Injuries
By TX law, your employer is required to obtain Worker’s Compensation. However, if your employer is a non-subscriber, then it is the company alone whom you must sue.
#5: The Third-Party Lawsuit
In addition to Workers’ Compensation and suing your employer, there may also be third-party lawsuits involved. For example, if a vendor, driver, manufacturer, or another entity contributed to your injury, then you might be able to sue them as well. Imagine working in a restaurant, and the produce delivery person leaves a box of tomatoes on the floor in the walk-in cooler, leading to an injury. Then, they might be sued as well.
Get the legal representation you need. Get an experienced work injury lawyer in Houston, TX on your side.