The experienced industrial accident lawyers at Tilton & Tilton, LLP have spent their careers helping Texas workers who have been wrongfully injured receive compensation for damages. Over the years, we have built up a strong legal team that has years of collective experience in the field of personal injury and premises liability law. Each of our attorneys is passionate about helping those in need and work tirelessly for each client to ensure they are protected and that their futures are secure. We have successfully litigated hundreds of cases resulting in millions of dollars in recovered damages for workers injured in industrial accidents.
What Are the Most Common Types of Industrial Accidents?
Industrial accidents can occur in any industrial facility. Due to the nature of industrial work, such as working with heavy machinery and dangerous chemicals, the accidents can be catastrophic. Workers can sustain severe burns, broken bones, amputations, illnesses and even wrongful death. In a place that is supposed to guarantee your safety, it is sobering to think that such injuries could happen — and often do.
Industrial accidents happen for a wide variety of circumstances, including but not limited to:
- Faulty equipment or unsafe machinery. If a worker suffers an injury because of a machine that has not been properly maintained, then he or she may have the right to file a premises liability claim against his or her workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for laying out strict workplace standards that all businesses must follow. If it is found that a business did not comply with these standards, the owner — and all responsible non-compliant parties — will face serious consequences from OSHA.
- Slip and fall injuries. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, “Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visit, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%)” — further, “Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of total falls” reported.
- Exposure to harmful chemicals. A worker can get seriously injured if they are exposed to dangerous chemicals — such as asbestos — which can lead to a myriad of health issues (many of which are long-term). Workers who were injured due to chemical exposure may be able to prove that the exposure was due to negligent business owners. Experienced Houston industrial accident lawyers can help determine the liability of guilty parties in your workplace accident.
- Explosions/Fires. An industrial fire can claim dozens of lives and cause serious, disabling injuries and disfigurement to survivors. If a party other than your employer caused the fire, then you may be able to file a lawsuit in addition to workers’ compensation.
Can a Victim of an Industrial Accident Receive Workers’ Compensation?
If a person is injured in an industrial accident while working, it is possible for him or her to recover damages from an employer’s workers’ compensation policy. However, if the employer does not have workers’ comp or if the accident was caused by a third party, then it is important to speak with an experienced industrial accident attorney. It will be much harder to receive the compensation you deserve in these cases.
Texas is the only state in the U.S. that does not require companies to carry workers’ comp insurance. Instead, your employer may be “self-insured” or be a “non-subscriber.” This may mean that you can file a personal injury lawsuit after an industrial accident. However, these claims are complex due to Texas law. Therefore, you should always speak with an industrial injury lawyer to learn your legal rights.
Houston industrial accident lawyers can protect your rights and ensure you receive adequate compensation for your ordeal. Workers’ compensation often will not cover all the expenses that come with a catastrophic injury. Third parties who may be at fault in industrial accidents can include other employees, the manufacturer of a defective product, the owner of an unsafe property or any outside individuals responsible for your accident. By exploring all the factors involved in your accident, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills as well as for any pain and suffering.
Were You Wrongfully Injured in an Industrial Accident? Call Us Today
If you find yourself injured in an industrial accident and have sustained serious injuries, such as head trauma, loss of limb or brain damage, then contact Tilton & Tilton immediately to schedule your free consultation. During this initial meeting, you can meet with a professional industrial accident attorney from our office and discuss all the details of your case.
Our Houston personal injury law firm works on a contingency fee basis. This means that it costs you nothing out of pocket to get started with one of our local Houston industrial accident lawyers — we front all the costs of litigation. Call us today to see how we can help you.