South Texas Job Injury Lawyers
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If you have suffered a serious injury in a workplace accident, you likely have access to benefits under your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. If the accident that caused your injury occurred because of negligence on the part of someone other than your employer, you may also have grounds to seek damages under a separate personal injury claim.
At The Snapka Law Firm, we represent victims in a wide array of workplace injury claims. Our experience handling cases involving a variety of accidents across a wide array of industries puts us in a strong position to provide the focused, results-oriented representation you require. It is our commitment to pursue the maximum level of compensation available for your case.
Ready To Help With Any On-The-Job Injury Claim
With offices in Corpus Christi, San Diego and Houston, our attorneys represent clients in Laredo and other communities across South Texas. We hold contractors, equipment suppliers and others accountable when their negligence leads to accidents that cause serious injuries to innocent people.
We are prepared to represent you in a workplace accident, including the following:
- Oil field accidents
- Refinery accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Chemical spills and toxic exposure
- Fires and explosions
- Falls from heights
- Equipment malfunctions
- Contractor negligence
From serious pain, to the loss of earnings and medical expenses that you’re likely to have to deal with; there are many ways that a workplace injury can affect you. If you’ve suffered from harm at your workplace in Texas and are unsure of what to do next, it is beneficial to get in touch with an expert from The Snapka Law Firm. With our free consultation we can help guide you on how you can get the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose to The Snapka Law Firm?
The legal process of making a claim is often far from simple. There may even be additional or alternate methods for you to get the compensation you deserve. With the help of the right lawyer, you’re sure to get the very best from your claim. You can rest assured that our attorneys are experienced in these types of cases, from the many certificates that we have in this field. We’ve had many years working with victims of a variety of civil claims in Texas, and we won’t hold back when it comes to helping you with your case. With us on your team, you’ll be able to focus on your recovery; we’ll take care of the complicated and stressful legal work for you. Our experience with the Texas worker’s compensation is another bonus that we can offer, as it will often allow us to ensure that you get the most from your claim. Hiring a lawyer isn’t always an easy decision, but since the work involved with filing the complaint can be strenuous to say the least, it’s typically best to get the help of specialists like ours here at The Snapka Law Firm.
What Can a Workplace Attorney Do for Me?
You could have the chance to not just file for workers’ compensation, but also to take extra legal actions to ensure that you get the money you deserve for your losses. Not only can an attorney assist you with getting your worker’s compensation claim, but also work with you to negotiate and communicate with insurance companies, determine whether the claim is possible, and much more.
Workers’ Compensation Law in Texas
The workers’ compensation laws in Texas state that a workers’ insurance applies to any injury or illness that is caused by a job-related duty. In most cases, the location of where it happened is irrelevant, as long as it’s part of their job. A construction worker for example, may be hit by another vehicle while driving to their worksite. Even though this has nothing to do with the employer, the individual was still injured while performing work duties and therefore can get workers’ compensation.
There are a few catches though. For example, if the employee was engaged in any dangerous behavior, or if the accident occurred while they weren’t on duty, a claim of this kind will likely be void. Typically, the worker will have 30 days to report physical damages or illness, but in most cases it’s best to do so immediately. A delay could lead to some difficulties when getting benefits later on.
The compensation laws in Texas offer income benefits and medical benefits – as well as survivor benefits, if the incident was fatal. Often, medical benefits will take care of the injured employee’s immediate medical expenses after the incident occurred. Income benefits provide financial assistance during the time that the individual is unable to work. Survivor benefits pay the family of the worker to try and compensate for their loss.
Non-subscriber and Workers’ Compensation Claims
Workers’ compensation is essentially an insurance program that helps an employee to make up for their loss of earnings if they’re injured while working. Typically, the employer’s liability for the injuries is limited if they have this kind of insurance. By state law, injured employees can get medical and income benefits – but a subscribing employer will often be immune to the injured worker’s lawsuits.
In general, an employer that isn’t subscribed to state regulated workers’ compensation insurance can be sued for physical harm, illness, and death that was caused at the workplace. In addition, they may also need to pay a hefty price if the worker has proof that their employer was responsible in some way. Non-subscriber employers could be held 100% responsible for the damages under Texas law, even if it’s proven that there are only slightly liable and claim that it was mostly the employees’ fault.
Unfortunately, the Texas Workers’ Compensation Insurance is in place to help protect employers, not the worker who suffered. You could lose out on so much because of a serious grievance that occurred at your workplace; from sports, to activities with your loved ones. This is why it can be important to consider who will make up for that loss. If you find yourself in this position, you could be at risk of losing far more than money, but the things that you treasure most in life, too.
What Can Cause a Workplace Injury?
There are many unsafe conditions that can lead to trauma of this kind, such as:
- A lack of necessary safety gear
- Environmental hazards (for example, tripping hazards or exposed electrical wires)
- Inadequate lighting
- Locked exits
- OSHA violations
- Non-ergonomic work stations
- Toxic substances
What Should I Do After an Accident?
Employers don’t have to carry workers’ compensation insurance in Texas. Despite this, most employers will, since it can help them to avoid civil liability from personal injury claims made by workers who have suffered after an accident. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important that you report it immediately – regardless of whether your employer has insurance or not. If you wait too long, it could be far more difficult for you to put in a claim in the future.
After you report the accident, your employer should give you all the necessary forms and documentation for a workers’ compensation claim. Even if you can’t get compensation through your employer, you should report the incident to secure proof. Either way, you’ll want to have the help of an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
How to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim
You should get everything you need to file for workers’ compensation if your employer carries this type of insurance. In most cases, the insurance provider will recommend a physician who will analyze your injuries and give your claim a disability rating. If you meet the requirements for benefits, the state workers’ compensation board will approve your claim. For any severe injuries that need immediate treatment, you’ll often be allowed to see a doctor and recover a little before going to a physician.
Contact Our Texas Personal Injury Law Firm About Your Injuries
Unfortunately, the process isn’t often an easy one. You could deal with a difficult employer or even find that you get less benefits than you deserve because a doctor didn’t give you the diagnosis you expected. Typically, a specialist lawyer will have everything they need to help you understand the process and figure out how much compensation you deserve. Get in touch with one of the experts here at The Snapka Law Firm today if you would like to get a free, professional consultation.
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What Makes the Snapka Law Firm, Injury Lawyers Different?
At the Snapka Law Firm, we understand the devastating consequences of a serious injury resulting from another's negligent actions. Not only do we provide tenacious legal representation, we help you get through this trying time by dealing with the burdens of your personal injury case on your behalf. Every case we accept is handled personally by one of our attorneys who will be committed to helping you understand the process while preparing your case for resolution. As a small but highly focused firm, we provide a more personalized attention to detail that you won't often find with larger law firms. With decades of courtroom experience, the Snapka Law Firm has delivered our clients millions of dollars in compensation as a result of successful verdicts and settlements. With our personalized touch, extensive experience, and strong relationships with investigation specialists and industry experts, you'll be represented by one of the best personal injury law firms in Texas.
Kathryn Snapka is one of the few attorneys in Texas that is board certified in personal injury trial law and her firm has been recognized by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Super Lawyers, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, American College of Trial Lawyers, and American Board of Trial Advocates. Our firm has won hundreds of cases for injury clients resulting in a reputation amongst defense attorneys that deters them from taking their case to trial against us. When working with the Snapka Law Firm we fight for the highest compensation for your losses and damages with the least amount of inconvenience to you. If you have been a victim of a serious injury, contact us for your free personalized consultation today.