If you've been hurt on the job, you're likely feeling stressed, frustrated and worried about the future. How will you pay for your medical bills? How quickly can you get back to work? What happens if the injury leaves you with permanent damage?
Here at the Anderson Law Firm, we understand that workplace accidents can be severe and may even leave victims with a long-term disability. We also understand that our clients' main concern is healing and returning back to work as soon as possible. We share that goal, but we've added one more: we want to win you the most money we can to cover the cost of your injury.
If you've been injured at work, please contact our firm for a free consultation.
Work Accidents the Anderson Law Firm Handles
Being hurt or fatally injured by electric shock is a big contributors to workplace injuries. Whether you're at a construction sites or an office building, you can be injured by electrocution by touching live wires or unmarked and hazardous light switches or cables.
Being Caught In or Caught Between Objects
When a worker is caught in two objects, such as a leg that's caught in a moving machine, serious injuries can occur. Similarly, being caught between objects, such as a bulldozer and a concrete wall, can cause life-threatening injuries.
Explosions are one of the most serious work accidents because of their unpredictability. Explosions are often caused by machine malfunctions or electrical overloads.
Oil and Gas Fires
The State of Texas is a heavy producer of oil and gas. Each year, thousands of workers are injured operating oil rigs and gas lines. Similar to explosions, oil and gas fires can be unexpected and dangerous.
Construction Zone Accidents
Construction zone accidents, such as falling into unmarked holes, being hit or run over by machinery, or being struck by construction materials can be very dangerous and can generate serious injuries.
Auto Accidents on the Job
Many workers drive on the job. Workers who have been in a car accident caused by another driver can suffer serious and sometimes life-threatening injuries.
A damaged hinge on an excavator, a loose bolt on a crane, and a malfunctioned smoke detector are examples of product defects. A product defect can lead to serious injuries.
Inadequate Safety Precautions
There is a reason why OSHA and other workplace agencies make sure businesses have appropriate safety warnings. Visible caution and hazardous material signs can prevent accidents from occurring. Failure to properly prepare employees can lead to injury.
It's important to note that not all falling objects injuries involve big machinery. Smaller objects such as a lamp or ceiling tile can leave a worker with a head injury.
Accidents involving forklifts can cause serious injuries. These accidents can happen when a forklift falls on a worker, a forklift runs over a worker, or a forklift smashes a worker into a wall or object.
Dock Loading and Unloading Accidents
When trailers are docked to a warehouse, it is up to workers to load or unload them. An accident can occur if a worker falls into the gap between the trailer and docking station or if a worker trips and falls while docking, causing heavy material to fall upon them.
If you were injured at your job because of something a coworker did, your employer can be held accountable for your injuries. Whether it was intentional or accidental, you should not have been injured because of the actions (or inactions) of a coworker.
Blocked or Locked Exits
All exits should be clearly marked in the event of an emergency. If there is a fire and an exit is blocked or locked, you could suffer serious injuries. If there is a falling object or imminent danger about to occur, you should have an exit that is clear and out of the way of objects so you can escape serious injuries.
Forklifts, cranes, hand-operated machines, and all other machines at your job should work properly. If a machine malfunctions and you're injured as a result, your employer could be held accountable for your injuries, as well as the machine’s manufacturer.
What the Anderson Law Firm Can Do for You
Being hurt in a workplace accident is frustrating, stressful and costly. When you come to the Anderson Law Firm we take complete care of your case. Here’s what our law firm can do for you.
We Investigate the Workplace Accident
Our expert team of attorneys will record and document every detail of your accident. At the end of our in-depth investigation, we will know where the accident was caused, what happened to cause it, and whether it could have been prevented. If it could have been prevented and you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, we will prove who’s at-fault.
We’ll Prove Who’s At-Fault
After we fully investigate your accident, we will find the party responsible and prove they were at-fault. A company is “at-fault” if they were responsible for the accident. We use any legal means in our disposal to gather evidence to prove your innocence, such as:
- Security camera footage
- Witness testimonies
- Company records and documentation
- Medical bills
We Help You Get the Medical Treatment You Need
One of the main issues we resolve for our clients is getting them the medical help they need. In some situations doctors will refuse to see their patients who have been in an accident. In other situations clients have become injured at their job and do not have health insurance. Clients that are hurt and in pain need to get medical treatment, but with these two obstacles, how can this be accomplished?
The Anderson Law Firm works with a network of medical providers that see our clients through a Letter of Protection (LOP). An LOP is an agreement between our law firm and medical providers that state that they will paid after we have won our client their settlement. This ensures you get the medical treatment you need and you do not have to pay for it out-of-pocket. Once we have won your case, your medical bills are paid from your settlement.
We Fight the Insurance Company
Insurance companies are in the business of making money. While there’s nothing wrong with profits, it comes at your expense. Insurance adjusters are experts at finding ways to devalue or deny your claim, and it can be difficult to win the money you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
Here at the Anderson Law Firm, our legal team is experienced in handling the insurance company. That is why when insurance companies know that the injured worker has a personal injury attorney on their side, they have no option but to give a settlement offer that our client deserves.
We Fight for Your Compensation
When a worker gets injured at their job, it is very likely that they have to miss work in order to receive medical treatment and for their injury to fully heal. In the previous statement, notice that there are two important sources where money - your hard-earned money - can be lost: missing work and medical treatment.
Here are just a few ways that you could lose money from a work injury:
- Lost wages due to time taken to treat for your injuries, including pain management, rehabilitation, and doctor’s appointments
- Medical expenses, such as the trip to the hospital, emergency room costs, follow-up appointments, and surgeries
- The future ability to work; if your injury inhibits your ability to work, you may be facing losing wages in the future
It is important to remember that compensation does not only involve monetary/financial damages. You may have suffered pain and suffering from the accident, missed your child’s soccer game, or you may just be anxious of receiving an injury from work again. These are emotional damages that can be compensated for in a personal injury lawsuit. Our attorneys and legal team makes sure you receive full compensation for the mentioned topics and more.
Experienced Work Injury Lawyers
The attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm have represented many clients with an array of work injuries throughout the years. Our attorneys and legal team fight hard for our clients’ rights. We have challenged insurance companies and employers for their unsafe work environments and lack of responsibility. For us, winning your case is not an option - it’s our dedicated mission.
Our attorneys are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, meaning we understand personal injury law inside and out, and use that knowledge to win you the most money possible for your injury.
Damages Recoverable in a Work Injury Claim
With the Anderson Law Firm you can recover different types of work injury-related damages. Some of these damages include:
- Lost wages
- Emergency room bills
- Doctor appointment bills
- Physical therapy bills
- Medical care for the future
- Pain and suffering
If you are a victim of a work injury, it's not fair to ask you to pay for these damages yourself. Our experienced work injury lawyers present all of your bills to the insurance company and fight to make them pay for the damages they caused.
How Does Workers’ Compensation Affect Insurance Claims?
Workers' comp. cases can be a bit tricky. If your employer provides workers' compensation, that means you can't always sue your employer if something goes wrong. This is due to the “no-fault” system stated in workers’ comp., which prevents employers from facing a lawsuit.
- If you're hurt on the job by a fellow employee, machinery, or any other type of internal issue and your employer has workers' comp., you can't sue your employer.
- If you're hurt on the job by a fellow employee, machinery, training failures or any other type of internal issue, and your employer does NOT have workers' comp., you CAN sue your employer.
- If you're hurt on the job by someone from another company, or if you're in an accident while at work with another driver, you can sue that other company or driver (regardless of whether your own employer provides workers' comp.).
This benefits the employer because it creates a legal safeguard for them. Unfortunately, it creates disadvantages for workers, since many times workers can't get their workers' comp. to provide them with the full compensation they deserve.
Contact our attorneys for more questions regarding workers' compensation cases. With the Anderson Law Firm on your side, you won’t have to worry about any of this; all you would focus on is recovering.
Why You Shouldn't Give a Recorded Statement
When a work injury claim has started and your employer’s insurance company is notified, both your employer and their insurance company could request that you give them a recorded statement. They might say things like, “it’s part of the procedure,” “it’s normal to give a recorded statement,” or “this is just for the record.” Although this may sound persuasive, the reality is that recorded statements will most likely be used against you.
We strongly advise you not to give your employer and their insurance company a recorded statement. Recorded statements are commonly manipulated to benefit insurance company and support their side of the story.
Inform Your Employer
Yes, you must inform your employer that you're starting a claim. Informing your employer of your claim will create credibility for your case. On the other hand, not informing your employer that a work injury took place until months afterwards (or not telling them at all) can backfire, since it gives the insurance company ammunition to argue that you weren't that hurt (hence, you never reported an injury).
How to Get Started
To get started, call or chat us now to set up your free consultation.
During your consultation, you’ll discuss your work injury with one of our attorneys. We'll talk you through the process and create a plan based on your injury and your needs. There are no upfront charges when you hire us. We work on a contingency basis, meaning that if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay us anything.
Call us now at 817-294-1900 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.