Dallas Work Injury Lawyers
Our Dallas Industrial Accident Attorneys Hold Employers Accountable
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 214,000 workers were injured in Texas in 2018 alone. 488 lost their lives. While many of these catastrophic injuries and deaths occurred in high-risk industries such as construction, transportation, and manufacturing, workers in virtually all fields experienced some harm.
If a workplace accident or occupational disease has turned your life upside down, it may not be easy to secure fair benefits and the medical care you need. Most employers and their workers' compensation insurance companies will actively try to avoid paying maximum benefits. They may delay payment, deny valid claims, or say that you're okay to go back to work when you know you can't go on like you used to.
We are here to help you. This is a tough situation, and you may feel loyal to your employer, particularly if you've been there for a while. You need to ask yourself if you're being treated fairly. If the answer is no, you need an attorney. A Dallas work injury lawyer can help you get the financial support you need now and in the future.
Call Arnold & Itkin at (888) 493-1629 to see how we can help you. Your consultation is 100% free!
Common Workplace Accident Cases in Dallas
As Dallas industrial accident attorneys, we realize there is a difference between inherent risks at the workplace and outright negligence or wrongdoing. Workers may be at risk of specific types of accidents due to the nature of their job duties and the environments where they perform these. When work accidents injure workers or claim lives, we utilize our resources to investigate and get to the bottom of what caused the incidents in the first place. This helps survivors and victims' families get answers and the compensation they deserve.
These are several of the most common on-the-job accidents:
- Scaffolding accidents
- Falls from heights
- Struck by falling or flying objects
- Work-related vehicle accidents
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Fires and explosions
We have the resources to investigate your accident and reveal its cause. If your employer was negligent, purposefully cut corners, or did anything that jeopardized your safety, we'll find out. If a third party, like the manufacturer of a defective piece of equipment, caused you harm, we'll uncover it.
Types of Dallas Work Injuries
Work accidents are serious because they cause injuries that can be devastating. For some workers, an injury means the inability to work until they recover—something impossible financially for most Americans. For other workers, accidents can cause injuries that change the rest of their life. These injuries are often catastrophic because those with them often face a lifetime of medical care, reduced mobility, and other difficulties.
Common Dallas serious work injuries include:
- Amputations and crush injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Eye injuries
- Acoustic trauma
- Broken bones and fractures
- Overexertion and muscle strain
- Electrocution and electrical injuries
When a person is hurt because their employer was negligent, they deserve compensation to recover, adjust, and move forward. Our Dallas work injury law firm fights to help workers secure this compensation. While we can't change what happened, we can demand answers from those who could've prevented it in the first place.
Leading Causes of Dallas Work Injuries
The following are the leading causes of industrial injuries:
- Defective tools, equipment, or machinery
- Improper personal protection equipment
- Poorly designed machinery or equipment
- Lack of/improper maintenance
- Inadequate fall protection
- Lack of adequate training and supervision
- Unsafe storage methods
- Improper lighting
- Lack of respiratory protection
- Dangerous use of ladders and scaffolding
- Lack of proper ventilation
- Overwork and fatigue
Where Dallas Work & Industrial Accidents Happen
As one of the economic hubs of the nation, the Dallas-Fort Worth area is no stranger to industrial accidents. Virtually any type of employee, contractor, or subcontractor may be at risk of harm in an industrial accident. Workers face dangers in the area's factories, refineries, and oilfields that surround the area.
Dallas industrial accidents may happen in areas such as:
In each of these settings, it's the responsibility of companies, supervisors, and other employees to make sure they're being safe. Companies must make workers have safety equipment, training, and that their facilities are properly maintained for a safe environment. Likewise, supervisors and workers must ensure they're following their training and respecting the safety of their coworkers. When companies fail in their duty to provide reasonably safe work environments, our Dallas industrial accident law firm is there to set things right.
Fatal Workplace Accidents in Dallas
Our state led the nation with the highest number of workplace fatalities in 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). For workers in Dallas and statewide, the risk of harm in a workplace accident is just too high. Families of workers who have been lost in fires, explosions, falls, and other industrial accidents deserve answers. They deserve the chance to rebuild. That is what our Dallas workplace death lawyers accomplish, taking large corporations and their insurance companies to court, where we expose wrongdoing and help victims' families recover compensation that helps them face more stable futures.
Who Is Responsible for Dallas Industrial Accidents?
Often, it's companies that are responsible for accidents at industrial sites. While they often try to blame workers and supervisors, it's ultimately the responsibility of companies to train workers, provide safety equipment, and make sure facilities are maintained and safe. Too often, companies take the risk of cutting corners with safety to save money. When this causes an accident, they should be held accountable.
That's what our Dallas industrial accident law firm works to accomplish every day.
Legal Responsibilities of Dallas-Area Employers
OSHA was founded in 1970 to help protect American workers. Over the decades, the agency has played an instrumental role in decreasing work-related related deaths and injuries. However, they can't prevent all of them. It's the legal obligation of companies to follow OSHA's rules for a safe work environment.
OSHA requires that Dallas employers:
- Provide safe work areas
- Post warnings for any hazards present at a worksite in relevant languages
- Make sure worksites meet OSHA standards
- Ensure workers have access to the right tools and properly maintained equipment
- Provide safety training in a language that workers understand
Working in Dallas: About the City, Its Workforce & More
Dallas is industrially, economically, and culturally diverse. As a part of the nation’s fourth-largest metropolitan area, the City of Dallas enjoys local economic growth that has not been significantly affected by the downturn of any one industry. Since 2008, the unemployment rate in Dallas has remained lower than the national average.
In the city’s early years, Dallas relied primarily on farming and its location along Native American trade routes. It was the construction of multiple rail lines through Dallas that brought the area much of its initial growth. By 1900, Dallas was a leader in the cotton market. In the 1930s, the discovery of oil near Kilgore, which is located just east of Dallas, brought the petroleum market to the area. The oil boom continued with discoveries in the Permian Basin, Texas Panhandle, and Gulf Coast, and Dallas established a solid foothold as a hub of the oil and gas market.
The local economy in Dallas is driven largely by telecommunications, manufacturing, and engineering, and the Dallas-Fort Worth area is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies. AT&T, Energy Transfer Equity, CBRE, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments, HollyFrontier, Dean Foods, Jacobs Engineering, and Dean Foods are some of the biggest corporations headquartered in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Texas Instruments alone employs more than 10,000 people at its plants and headquarters in Dallas.
Leading Occupations in Dallas
According to employment information for Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the civilian workforce is comprised of about 4.22 million people. 4.08 million were employed as of March 2022.
These Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington workers are employed in the following industries:
- Trade, transportation, and utilities (876,600 workers)
- Professional and business services (722,100 workers)
- Education and health services (483,500 workers)
- Government (453,200 workers)
- Leisure and hospitality (392,400 workers)
- Financial activities (360,700 workers)
- Manufacturing (293,200 workers)
- Mining, logging, and construction (225,700 workers)
- Other services (126,800 workers)
- Information (85,600 workers)
Dallas Links & Resources
- City of Dallas, TX
- Texas Workforce Commission
- Visit Dallas
- Dallas News
- Dallas County
- Dallas Wikipedia page
Work Injury FAQ
Why do work injuries happen?
Work injuries most often happen when companies fail to do things such as provide safety equipment, adequate training, or proper maintenance on machinery. Employers often neglect these things because they're gambling that the cost of not doing them will be cheaper than accidents. The well-being of workers is never something to gamble on, and companies should be held accountable when their gamble results in serious injuries.
What should I do after a work accident?
After getting hurt on the job, the first thing anyone should do is seek medical attention and notify their employer of their injury. While your company might send you to their doctor, remember that it's your right to get a second opinion from your preferred care provider. Second, don't sign any documents from your company or accept any settlement offers from them—you're not required to do so before speaking with an attorney.
Last, you should always contact an attorney after an industrial accident. At Arnold & Itkin, a consultation with our Dallas industrial injury law firm is free, confidential, and will help you decide what to do next. Importantly, you won't have to pay us anything unless we get results if we take your case. If your loved one was the victim of a deadly work accident, we're ready to help. Our Dallas wrongful death attorneys help families find answers for financial difficulties such as lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses, and much more.
Do I need a Dallas work injury lawyer?
If you've been involved in a work accident, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible. A Dallas work injury lawyer can help you recover losses associated with medical bills, future care needs, lost wages, pain, suffering, and more after an accident. While your company might offer a settlement, speaking with a lawyer will help you decide if it's fair. The best law firm for your needs is one that will look at the total costs of your case and demand the justice you deserve rather than the settlement you're initially offered.
What if my employer doesn't have workers' compensation?
If you've been injured and your employer doesn't have workers' compensation, speaking with an attorney might be your best chance for recovery. Unlike other states, Texas doesn't require employers to carry workers' comp insurance. If an accident happens that a company could've prevented, they should be held accountable—whether or not they have workers' compensation. Even if your company does have workers' comp, you should still speak with an attorney. In some instances, insurance isn't enough to cover the costs of an injury. A Dallas work injury lawyer can help you decide if you should file a claim or pursue compensation through other means.
What a Dallas Work Injury Lawyer Can Help You Recover
After a work injury, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Injuries are expensive, and they place significant stress on workers. A Dallas work injury law firm can help alleviate this stress by working to secure the compensation you need to move forward. This way, you can focus on your recovery rather than how you're going to pay the bills.
Our Dallas work injury lawyers often recover losses associated with:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Costs of future care
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of the ability to work
- Loss of consortium
Our Dallas industrial injury lawyers can help you get the compensation you need rather than the compensation you're offered. Often, companies offer settlements after serious accidents. While it may seem like they're doing the right they, they're often trying to escape accountability for as little as possible.
Once a settlement is accepted by a worker or their family, further legal action becomes impossible. An industrial accident lawyer can examine your settlement offer and investigate the details of your case to make sure you're getting the help you need. When you work with Arnold & Itkin, we'll fight for fair compensation for your medical bills, cost of future care, lost wages, and any other types of losses caused by the accident.
Act Fast! Call a Dallas Workplace Accident Attorney Now: (888) 493-1629
You need to move fast if you've been injured at work—call our offices and find out what we can do to help you right away. Even while you're still in the hospital, your employer might be working to find a way to prove that the accident was your fault or that your injuries are the result of a pre-existing condition. It's unfortunate but true; many companies care more about profits than people. At Arnold & Itkin, our Dallas workplace injury law firm doesn't stand for that. We want to help you get the full support and care you deserve.