It is an important thing to love where you work and what you do on a daily basis. However, your workplace is not your life, and it is often devastating to receive a permanent or temporary injury while at work. Your work should not dictate your health and your ability to enjoy your life outside of work. When a workplace accident causes injuries to workers, the employer should be held responsible for the injuries – either through Texas Workers’ Compensation or through outside claims.
Texas offers workers’ compensation for many workers in the state which covers these employees after they receive injuries or develop an illness as a result of their employment. Texas employers may choose whether they want to cover their employees or not, although employers are required to notify all employees if they provide coverage. Workers’ compensation is administered through the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation, which will assist workers in resolving their injury disputes and is also the division which provides payment after injuries.
Texas workers’ compensation will cover medical expenses and lost wages up to an extent, depending on the scope of the injuries. Workplace injuries not only include accidents that occur at work, but may also cover diseases which occur as a result of ongoing work conditions, such as prolonged exposure to asbestos. Workers’ compensation will additionally offer funeral expenses and death benefits to the family of a worker who was fatally injured in a workplace accident.
However, one of the major issues affecting injured workers is their status as an employee of the company. Many oil and gas workers throughout the state are not classified as employees of the company, but are instead contract workers. The oil and gas industry is a dangerous field for all workers and when injuries like burn accidents happen due to the negligence of the company, the company should be held responsible for the resulting injuries.
Workers who are injured during their employment or develop an illness based on their work conditions are eligible to bring a claim for damages against their employer. Many employees are eligible to bring a claim through the Texas workers’ compensation laws. However, workers whose employers do not participate in workers’ compensation, or workers who may not fall within the scope of eligible employees are also entitled to bring a claim for injuries received at the workplace, but must follow a different avenue.
Our attorneys at Sadler and Sadler can assist you in determining which claim you should file after receiving a workplace injury. Regardless of the scope of your injuries or the underlying circumstances of your injuries, you should be entitled to bring a claim if you were exposed to unsafe work conditions. Our workplace should not dictate our health, and employers should be held accountable for providing unsafe work conditions, even if these conditions are the result of negligent employees.
If you or a loved one were injured in a workplace accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Sadler & Sadler. Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience in handling injured workers’ claims and will work tirelessly with you to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact our San Antonio office today for your initial free consultation and our attorneys will work with you to begin to develop your claim for damages.