In 2009, there were over 4 thousand people who suffered from a workplace injury that resulted in death and over 3 million injuries without. Unfortunately, the problems caused by these injuries are often compounded because many injured workers do not fully understand their legal rights. Workers injured on the job all too often assume they are barred from suing their employer. This is not necessarily the case. Workers are only prevented from suing their employer if the employerparticipates in the state sanctioned workers’ compensation program. It’s important to remember that even though your employer provides insurance that covers your medical bills and lost wages or provides you long term and short term disability, this does not necessarily mean that you are prevented from suing your employer. Figuring these issues out can be complicated. That’s why it is important to contact an attorney that has experience with work place injuries. Call the attorneys at Wilson Trosclair & Lovins today at 214-484-1930 for a free consultation to discuss your rights.
Even If Your Employer Does Participate In Worker’s Compensation, You Still May Have A Legal Claim
Even if your employer participates in the workers’ compensation program, you or your loved ones may still be allowed to seek compensation for your injuries. Many states have exceptions to the exclusive remedy provision for worker’s compensation. One exception is that you are often permitted to sue a “third party.” Workplaces commonly have multiple companies working on a project together. If the negligence of a company that you do not work for, or the negligence of an employee of that company, causes your injury, you may be able to seek compensation from that “third party” company even if you are receiving or have received worker’s compensation benefits. A second common exception is that eh family of a worker killed on the job can sue an employer if the death was caused by “gross negligence.” Determining if your facts fit into an exception is often difficult and requires experienced legal assistance.
Workplace Injuries We Handle
We often think of workplace injuries occurring in dangerous places, such as oilrigs, but on the job injuries can happen in any environment, from offices, to kitchens, to plants. A brief list of workplace injuries we take include:
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