Houston Work Injury Attorneys
Approximately four million workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in 2007, with 14 industries accounting for 1.8 million of those, according to the Department of Labor. Workplace injuries have been on the decline since the inception of the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report in 2002. In an effort to reduce workplace injury, the Department of Labor has been tasked with oversight of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, Mine Safety and Health Administration, and the Employment Standards Administration's Wage and Hour Division. These agencies are tasked with reducing workplace injury by implementing rules and regulations meant to protect workers.
Most Common Types of Workplace Injuries
The workplace can extremely be a hazardous place, even when that workplace is just an office. Whether you work in a warehouse, an oil rig, or a cubicle, you could be susceptible to suffering serious injuries while on the job. According to OSHA, 4,679 workers were killed on the job in 2014 and thousands more suffered serious injuries. These are serious numbers that demonstrate how dangerous the workplace can be for any worker.
There are countless injuries that often plague people while on the jobs, including:
- Loss of vision
- Acoustic trauma
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Loss of limb
- Broken bones
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Back injuries
What Causes Injuries on the Job?
The most common cause of workplace accidents is the carelessness, inexperience, and negligence of employers and co-workers.
The negligence that leads to work injuries can take many forms, including:
When equipment is poorly manufactured, maintained, and operated, it can cause serious and fatal injuries. Some of the most dangerous equipment includes industrial, transportation, hand-held, and electrical equipment.
Falling Objects & Flying Debris
Workers at construction sites, logging sites, factories, warehouses, and shipyards frequently are injured by falling objects and flying debris that can damage eyes, ears, and the head, leading to a disability that robs a worker of his or her ability to earn a living.
Slip and Falls
A slippery or cluttered floor, poor lighting, and lack of guard rails often trigger these incidents, which frequently occur at hospitals, construction sites, factories, ships, warehouses, stores, and drilling rigs.
Companies should regularly perform maintenance on machines and equipment at regular intervals to prevent breakdowns or emergencies. When equipment does malfunction, action must be taken to fix the problem and eliminate the risk of injury.
Failure to Comply with Safety Regulations
All too often, employers fail to meet federal regulations that govern workplace health and safety.
Without inspecting workers and equipment, an employer is unable to identify and correct known risks of injury, such as defective ladders and scaffolds. They also would not be aware of problems with equipment such as derricks, cranes, hoists, pulleys, forklifts, and winches. Inspections can also reveal whether workers are wearing proper protective gear and operating machinery safely.
Employers must train employees how to perform their work safely. Employees need to be fully informed of potential job hazards.
A string of injuries may be the strongest indication that a workplace is being mismanaged by a business owner or supervisors.
Working to Reduce Workplace Injuries
Workplace injury has been significantly reduced with oversight by the Department of Labor agencies.
The agencies ensure employers implement measures that reduce workplace injury, such as:
- Preventive measures such as training workers in compliance with safety standards;
- Use of high quality, well maintained equipment and machinery;
- Training workers in the safe and proper use of equipment;
- Having procedures to correct any dangerous practices in the workplace to help workers avoid injury; and
- Maintaining effective emergency response measures to reduce risks of injury to workers.
Failure to meet the standards laid out by OSHA is not only illegal, but it can lead to serious injury. Improper maintenance, inadequate inspection, insufficient training and supervision, and exposure to hazardous conditions are examples of lapses in health and safety that can affect employees.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
PPE describes a broad range of clothing and equipment that protects workers from various hazards. Not only is it designed to prevent the spread of disease, but it is also designed to protect against workplace hazards like chemical, physical, electrical, mechanical, and radioactive hazards.
Examples of Personal Protective Equipment
- Face Shields
- Safety Glasses
- Hard Hats
- Safety Shoes
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires employers to assess their environment in regards to which hazards are present and pose a threat. They must also choose which protective equipment is necessary based on their assessment. Training employees is also key in maintaining proper health and safety standards. The workers must use the equipment properly and know the benefits and limitations of PPE.
Benefits of Hiring a Texas Work Injury Lawyer
When you suffer injuries on your job, your case will likely fall under workers’ compensation. However, that doesn’t mean that is the only legal means for you to recover; in fact, you may have a third-party claim. Regardless, even figuring out the workers’ compensation process on your own can be overwhelming. With so many variables involved in every case, you want a legal professional who can represent you with confidence.
Hiring a workplace attorney means you get an advocate who:
- Understands the laws surrounding your case
- Can investigate your accident / injuries and identify liable parties
- Specifically knows how to handle workplace injury cases in Texas
- Has dedicated their time and attention to related matters
- Brings experience handling similar cases to your claim
- Can walk you through the legal process
- Makes sure your rights and best interests remain protected
- Knows how to craft a strong case for maximum compensation
- Can handle cases involving third parties
What You Should Look for in a Work Injury Lawyer in TX
While there are plenty of personal injury lawyers out there who may claim to be qualified to handle your case, they likely focus more on handling car accidents, slip and falls, and other general cases. The work injury lawyer you need should have proven expertise taking on these types of claims not just anywhere, but in Texas. From industrial jobs to construction and offshore work, they should be able to handle it all.
Make sure to discuss your case thoroughly with any potential attorneys you speak with. Ask about the previous cases they have handled. Investigate how those cases went and the type of recovery they obtained for clients. You should feel comfortable and confident in the representation you select. Their focus shouldn’t be just helping you gain money, but gain physical, emotional, and financial recovery.
Work with a Texas Legal Team That Has Recovered Billions for People Nationwide
Nearly a quarter of a million Texas workers are injured on the job each year, including hundreds of wrongful deaths. In many cases, the accidents causing these deaths and injuries could have been prevented. Often, they are the result of the negligence or reckless indifference of an employer, co-worker, or manufacturer. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we are focused on making sure that injured workers and their families are fully compensated for their pain and suffering, medical expenses, funeral costs, disability, rehabilitation, and retraining. We have recovered billions for our clients and have been selected for inclusion in both the Super Lawyers® and Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ Edition. We have been named as "Top Lawyers for the People" by H Texas Magazine. Beyond that, Jason Itkin has been made the youngest member of the Inner Circle of Advocates.
Just some of the other honors received by the firm include the following:
- Selection in the 2015 & 2016 lists of America's Elite Trial Lawyers
- Named in The Best Lawyers in America® for Admiralty & Maritime Law
- Ranked Tier 1 in Houston and Tier 2 Nationwide for Admiralty & Maritime Law by Best Law Firms®
- Members of the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers
- The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40
Injured on the Job? Give Our Texas Law Firm a Call Today: (888) 493-1629!
Throughout the years, we have used our skill, experience, and passion to reach successful outcomes for our clients. One case resulted in a $9.6 million jury verdict for a worker injured at an industrial plant while another case was settle for $5.9 million against a southeast Texas plant. Our legal team carefully reviews cases, assess strengths and weaknesses, and maps out what we believe will be a winning strategy for our clients. We do not charge for case evaluations or any of our legal services unless we obtain a favorable result. We at Arnold & Itkin LLP aggressively and passionately represent workers and their families. If you have been injured, please do not hesitate to talk to one our top-rated attorneys.
For a free evaluation of your case, do not hesitate to contact a Texas work injury attorney from our firm as soon as possible: (888) 493-1629.
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