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If you’ve been injured on the job, you may need to seek benefits through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. This can be a difficult process, as some companies and insurers may challenge claims and try to prevent injured workers from receiving the compensation they deserve. To get the representation you need, consult the skilled workers’ compensation lawyers at our law firm. We are experienced in all facets of workplace injury law, whether your injury is related to an on-the-job accident or long-term exposure to hazardous materials.
The basics of workers’ compensation
Employers who purchase workers’ compensation insurance do so to protect both themselves and their workers in case a workplace injury occurs. Through these programs, injured workers receive medical and disability benefits, while employers are shielded from personal injury claims. In Texas, private employers can choose to carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage, but it is not required in most cases.
Although workers’ comp covers most types of injuries, there are some situations that may complicate matters. If faulty or defective equipment was the cause of an accident, for example, it might be necessary to file a personal injury claim against the manufacturer. A claim might also be filed when an outside party, such as an independent contractor, is at fault for an accident.
Common causes of workers’ comp claims
Depending on your job and the industry you work in, you may face a number of hazards in your employment. Some jobs are more dangerous than others, including those in construction, manufacturing and firefighting. The following are some of the most common injuries and accidents resulting in claims for workers’ compensation benefits:
Back and neck injuries
Spinal cord injuries
Head and brain injuries
Lead paint exposure
Strains and tears
Toxic chemical exposure
Our experienced lawyers can help you file a workers’ compensation claim and receive compensation for your injuries.
How can a workers’ compensation attorney help?
In some cases, employers and insurers can be aggressive in fighting against claims, leading many workers to fear they’ll be retaliated against if they pursue benefits. Insurance companies may use a number of tactics to deny benefits for claimants, but an experienced attorney will recognize these strategies and know how to address them. You may be entitled to temporary total disability, permanent partial disability or compensation for medical bills under the law, so be sure to secure sound legal counsel if you have questions or concerns about filing a claim.