Lawyer for Workplace Accidents in Corpus Christ, Texas
Texas State info on workplace injuries
Workplace accidents can be compensated in two different ways for those who are injured on the job:
The first is through workers’ compensation, which sets statutory limits for injury and disability payments, but does not require a showing of fault or negligence. If the injury occurred at work, then payments for medical costs and lost wages will be received in some measure.
The second way to compensate a workplace injury is by demonstrating negligence that placed the worker in unreasonable danger on the job. By violating some standard of care, the employer or owner of the work site can be liable for all damages that result.
Many workplaces are governed by OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Hazard Act, which sets standards for workplace safety. A violation of OSHA standards can easily be shown as negligent since it is a federal safety benchmark in many industries.
Examples of workplace injuries that may violate OSHA are:
- Accidents at construction sites such as falls, electrocution and machinery misuse
- Exposure to known toxic materials without protective gear or clothing
- Failure to prevent exposure to diseases or infection in workplace areas
Even if OSHA is not applied, there is a standard of reasonable safety that every worker expects.
If an employer fails to provide minimum safety protections, then that may be the basis for a negligence claim.
Also, manufacturers of machinery and products used on the job have a similar duty of care.
If you have been a victim of a workplace accident, you need to contact an attorney with experience in on-the-job claims.
If you accept workers’ compensation benefits, you may lose your right to damages for greater injuries or pain and suffering.
Bobby Bourlon is a personal injury attorney who cares about your right to compensation, and he can advise you on the best way to present your claims.
Please call today for a free consultation at 361-289-6040.