Dallas Accident Lawyer For Workplace Injuries
Anyone in the Dallas Fort Worth Area who has suffered a workplace injury needs to retain an experienced Dallas accident lawyer. Workplace injuries come in all forms and are caused by any number of reasons.
According to data compiled by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics and the National Academy of Social Insurance, the top causes of workplace injuries include overexertion, falls, being struck by an object, vehicle incidents and injuries from equipment. On average, about 12 people per day die in the U.S. from workplace injuries.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) provides regulations, guidance and training in an effort to reduce on the job injuries. Some states have their own workplace safety regulations in addition to federal oversight, but Texas is not one of those states. As a result, workplace safety in Texas is generally governed by the federal OSHA requirements.
According to OSHA, falls are one of the leading causes of workplace deaths, especially on construction jobs. Not surprisingly, then, a lack of fall protection is one of the top OSHA safety violations. Others include faulty scaffolds, respiratory protection, ladders, machine guarding and electrical wiring. OSHA estimates that a significant number of deaths, amputations and debilitating injuries could be prevented by increased worker protections in these areas.
In Texas, many companies are covered by workers compensation insurance. If so, then an injured employee’s only recovery from the employer will be from that insurance. If a company does not carry workers compensation insurance, then an employee may sue the employer as if it were any other defendant.
Additionally, workers compensation in Texas does not preclude claims against a non-employer third party that injures a worker. Some examples are, manufacturers of defective equipment and injuries caused by employees of other companies. The Texas Workers Compensation laws can be harsh and only an experienced Dallas accident lawyer can help you navigate them.
If you have been injured on the job, contact one of our Dallas accident lawyers to see how we may be able to help you.