Workplace Injuries

WORKPLACE INJURIES IN HOUSTON

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers in the United States reported over 3.4 million nonfatal workplace injuries in 2017. Almost 900,000 of these injuries resulted in days away from work with a median of 8 lost days, and over 5,000 workplace injuries resulted in fatalities. With over 3 million jobs in the Houston metropolitan area, it is no wonder many Houstonians consider their rights following workplace injuries.

COMMON CAUSES OF WORKPLACE INJURIES

We have seen workplace injuries occur in many contexts. Among the industries in which workplace injuries most frequently occur are:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Natural resource production
  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • Retail and wholesale trade
  • Transportation and warehousing
  • Professional and business services

WHAT TO DO AFTER A WORKPLACE INJURY

Your health should be a foremost concern. If you are seriously injured, seek medical attention immediately. If possible, notify your supervisor or manager immediately and request an accident or incident report. This will document the accident while it is fresh in your mind and provide evidentiary support. If you suspect injury, see a doctor or visit an emergency room. You should consider seeking medical attention even if you do not feel pain to rule out latent injuries and injuries with delayed onset of symptoms. This will verify whether you are injured and generate documentation of your injury by a medical professional. Consider describing the circumstances of the incident for your medical professional’s consideration. Finally, take photos of your injury and/or the accident site for further documentation.

WHAT INJURIES MIGHT I HAVE SUFFERED FROM MY WORKPLACE ACCIDENT?

Workplace injuries vary widely depending on the nature of the business in which the injury occurred. Common workplace injuries include:

  • Falling or moving object injuries
  • Falling from elevated floors or platforms
  • Slip and falls as well as trip and falls
  • Overexertion injuries, such as lifting, pulling, and pushing heavy objects
  • Machine injuries

WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOLLOWING A WORKPLACE INJURY?

A workplace injury pits you against the employer and its insurance carrier. Notwithstanding the employee-employer relationship, your employer wants to resolve the matter at the lowest cost possible and using any means necessary. Many employers are accustomed to these disputes and boast significant experience in quelling these matters. Because most employees are not acquainted with these disputes and the legal matters surrounding them, most workers are at a decided disadvantage when negotiating with employers.

Hiring a smart workplace injury attorney can balance the scales. A sophisticated attorney knowledgeable of our laws and justice system and experienced in favorably resolving workplace injury cases can create a satisfying resolution of your work injury. In the hands of Diab Law Firm, you will receive zealous advocacy, personalized attention, and advice every step of the way while you concentrate on treatment and recovery. You will owe nothing unless the Firm wins your case.

WHAT CAN I RECOVER IN MY WORKPLACE INJURY CASE?

A severe workplace injury can impact many aspects of a victim’s life. Among the damages we will help you recover are:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Cost of lifestyle changes

Call to discuss your individualized damage model. The consultation is free.

FAQ’s

Why hire a personal injury attorney?

Hiring a sophisticated attorney significantly advantages you in negotiating with your employer and its insurer. In fact, many employers and insurance companies quickly extend low offers or entirely deny liability hoping that you will take the offer or entirely dismiss any recovery before and without consulting an attorney. Hiring an experienced attorney demonstrates that you mean business, and Diab Law Firm will strive to maximize existing offers and reverse denials of liability.

How much do you charge?

Diab Law Firm charges nothing up-front, and you will pay nothing unless the Firm wins your case. DLF will advance all costs, even the cost of litigation, so you will never go out-of-pocket for your case.

What can I recover in my personal injury claim?

A skilled attorney will construct a damage model for your case and can help you recover the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of companionship, if applicable
  • Pain and suffering
  • Cost of lifestyle changes

Call to discuss your individualized damage model. The consultation is free.

How long will it take to resolve my case?

It depends. The length of a case turns on many factors, such as the facts of the accident, the insurance companies involved, the extent of injuries, whether litigation is required, and other factors.

Do I have a case?

You might. The viability of each case depends on factors too numerous to list here. Please call for a free, no-obligation case assessment.

The insurance company and/or my employer is denying my claim and/or involvement in the accident. Can you still help?

Very possibly so. The expertise of an attorney with knowledge of the industry and of our justice system can easily turn the tides in your favor. Call to see if Diab Law Firm can turn your claim denial into another successful case.

I did not feel pain at the accident scene, but I feel pain now. Is this normal?

Delayed onset of pain may occur depending on the type of injury suffered. Pain associated with some back or neck injuries may not begin immediately. This delayed onset makes prompt treatment imperative.

I did not create an accident or incident report after my accident. Do I still have a case?

You might. While accident reports constitute useful documentation of the accident and may help resolve a case, the lack of an accident report does not necessarily doom your case. Call to see if Diab Law Firm can turn your situation into another successful case.

There is a mistake on the accident or incident report. Do I still have a case?

Though not usually helpful, mistakes on accident or incident reports do not necessarily doom your case. A sophisticated attorney can help you overcome such errors. Diab Law Firm can help you overcome these hurdles. Call to see if DLF can resolve your case despite an erroneous accident or incident report.

Will my case go to court?

Probably not. Diab Law Firm strives to resolve cases as early as possible to minimize expenses and help clients quickly. Though Diab Law Firm prepares every case for the possibility of trial, most cases, even those that require some litigation, do not proceed to trial.

Should I return to work?

This question invokes both legal and medical issues. Under Texas law, a claimant generally bears a duty to mitigate damages. In other words, you probably should return to work if you can. However, if your doctor due to medical necessity issues instructions limiting your motions at work or prohibiting you from working altogether, your duty to mitigate under the law does not obligate you to continue working in the same capacity or at all, respectively. Always request your doctor’s instructions in writing.

References:

“Commonly Used Statistics.” Occupational Safety and Health Administration, https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html.

“Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses – 2017.” Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8 November 2018, https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/osh.pdf.

“Houston Area Employment – January 2019.” Bureau of Labor Statistics, 28 March 2019, https://www.bls.gov/regions/southwest/news-release/areaemployment_houston.htm.

“Numbers of Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses by Industry and Case Types, 2017.” Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/web/osh/summ2_00.htm#soii_as_t2.f.9.

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