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Workplaces can be dangerous. Each year, hundreds of people are injured at work across the state of Texas, leading to permanent complications and devastating fatalities.

If you are injured in a workplace accident, our workplace accident lawyers in McKinney are here to help. Our personal injury attorneys can guide you through your workers’ compensation claim or lawsuit and secure the settlement or benefits that you deserve.

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Why Choose Us for Your McKinney Workplace Accident Claim

  • Our lawyers have represented injured people in personal injury cases for over 20 years. We will guide you through your workplace accident claim so that you are informed and prepared for each stage.
  • Our workplace accident attorneys are strong negotiators and will advocate aggressively for your highest possible financial compensation. We will never accept a settlement less than what you need to recover.
  • While you are recovering from your injuries, our personal injury attorneys will gladly meet with you at your home, in your hospital room, or in an alternate location upon your request.

Common Causes of Workplace Accidents

When we go to work, we don’t expect to get hurt. Unfortunately, many factors can contribute to workplace accidents, from overexertion to the negligence of coworkers, vendors, contractors, and more.

Below are some of the most common causes of workplace accidents, according to the National Safety Council:

  • Exposure to harmful substances or environments
  • Repetitive motions, such as heavy lifting
  • Slips and trips without falling
  • Falling on the same level or to a lower level
  • Contact with objects and equipment

Types of Workplace Injuries Commonly Seen in Texas

Texas sees more than its share of workplace injuries, especially those related to the construction, freight, and transportation industries, all of which thrive within the Lonestar state. Some of the most common workplace injuries treated in Texas include the following:

  • Herniated disks
  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Burns
  • Electrocution
  • Whiplash
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries including sprains and torn ligaments
  • Crush injuries
  • Toxic exposures
  • Knee, elbow, shoulder, and other joint injuries
  • Lacerations and bruises
  • Repetitive motion injuries

Car or truck accidents, slip-and-falls, falling equipment, and other accidents contribute to work-related injuries that can accumulate medical expenses and time away from work, negatively impacting an injured employee’s family.

If you or a loved one were injured at work in Texas, you deserve justice. If your employer does not subscribe to worker’s compensation, you could recover compensation for the losses that you suffered by filing a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury lawsuit against a third party or non-subscribing employer.

In these situations, you need a personal injury lawyer on your side who can fight for your best interests. The McKinney workplace accident attorneys at Carew Garcia Bohuslav Law, PLLC can guide you through each stage of your claim and advocate aggressively for your right to a fair settlement.

Civil Lawsuits

If your employer chooses not to subscribe to workers’ compensation insurance, you could pursue a non-subscriber claim and file a civil lawsuit against your employer. To recover compensation for medical care, physical therapy, and other losses, you will need to prove that your injury occurred at work.

If someone else’s negligence caused your accident, you could pursue a lawsuit against the at-fault party. Below are a few examples of liable third parties in workplace injury lawsuits:

  • Manufacturers of defective equipment
  • Motor vehicle drivers
  • Vendors and contractors
  • Your employer, if your injury was caused by an unsafe work environment or the negligence of another employee

Third-Party Workplace Injury Claims

Some workplace injuries are not the fault of an employer but instead stem from third parties whose negligence directly led to an injury. Third-party injury claims are often filed against the following:

  • Construction contractors and subcontractors
  • Manufacturers of equipment and machinery when defects cause injuries
  • Maintenance companies
  • Property owners
  • At-fault drivers

While workers’ compensation benefits typically prevent injured workers from filing lawsuits against their employees, they do not prevent claims against third parties responsible for an injury. Proving third-party liability requires an injury claim meets the following points:

  • Showing that the at-fault party owed a duty of care to the injury victim and others in the workplace to keep them safe from harm
  • Showing that they breached that duty through an act of negligence
  • Showing that the negligence directly caused an injury
  • Providing evidence that the injury victim suffered real damages from the injury including economic and non-economic damages

Third-party claims may become complex and require substantial investigation to prove liability. That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced McKinney workplace accident lawyer.

How Long Do I Have to File a Workplace Injury Claim in Texas?

Any injured employee should always immediately notify their employer and ask for a detailed accident report. Workplace injury victims have up to 30 days from the time of the injury to file a workers’ compensation claim.

In some cases, an employee may not be aware of an injury, for example, repetitive motion injuries and toxic inhalation injuries may take time to develop, or an employee may not immediately realize that their back pain results from a herniated disk caused by a work injury. In these cases, the Texas courts allow 30 days from the discovery of the injury to file a claim.

What if a Loved One Is Killed on the Job in Texas?

All sudden deaths of a loved one are traumatic, but it’s even more distressing when a preventable workplace injury causes a loved one’s death. Family members in Texas have legal recourse when a workplace accident causes the death of a loved one. Workers’ compensation provides death and burial benefits to accident victims including the following:

  • Burial and funeral costs
  • 75% of the deceased employee’s average weekly wages to a spouse for the rest of their life unless they remarry

Death benefits may begin as early as a day after the workplace death occurs and continue until the surviving family member—typically a spouse, child, or parent of the deceased—no longer qualifies for the benefits.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer at Carew Garcia Bohuslav Law, PLLC Today

If you were injured while at work, our personal injury lawyers can help you secure the settlement that you deserve. Contact us today to schedule your free case consultation with a workplace accident attorney in McKinney.