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Protecting Your Rights After An Accident At Work

At Mendez Isaac Joudi, PLLC, our lawyers understand that workplace accidents can be life-altering events. Knowing your rights is crucial to whether you’ve been injured on the job in Texas or New Mexico. Our experienced team of accident and injury attorneys is here to provide you with guidance and support during this challenging time.

Advocating For Injured Workers

Hurt workers have the right to seek compensation for their injuries. In some cases, their families may be entitled to compensation after their loved ones have tragically lost their lives due to a workplace accident. Our licensed attorneys are dedicated to helping you navigate the complexities of workplace injury cases. We will fight tirelessly on your behalf, holding employers accountable for failing to provide a safe work environment and for causing your injury or the loss of a loved one.

Workplace injuries can occur in various settings, from general offices to environments involving large operating equipment or dangerous conditions. These environments can pose a higher risk of life-threatening injuries. If you or a loved one find yourselves in this unfortunate situation, it’s crucial to contact us as soon as possible after the accident occurs.

Understanding The Dangers

In various industries, employees face a range of hazards that can result in serious injuries or accidents. Understanding these potential dangers is crucial for maintaining a safe work environment. Here are some common workplace hazards:

  • Electrocution: Electrical accidents can occur when employees come into contact with exposed wires, faulty equipment or inadequate safety measures, leading to electric shock injuries.
  • Oil explosions/accidents: The oil industry presents risks of explosions and accidents, often caused by equipment failures, human error or inadequate safety protocols. These incidents can lead to severe injuries and death.
  • Roofing accidents: Roofing professionals often work at heights, making them susceptible to falls and accidents. Safety precautions and training are essential to prevent injuries in this field.
  • Forklift dangers: Forklifts are commonly used in warehouses and construction sites, posing risks of accidents if not operated safely. Collisions, tip-overs, and falling loads are all examples of potential hazards.
  • Construction accidents: Construction sites involve various hazards, including falls, improper guarding, falling objects, heavy machinery accidents and trench collapses. Safety measures and training are vital to protect workers.
  • Trench collapse: Trenches in construction can collapse suddenly, trapping workers and causing injuries or fatalities. Proper shoring and protective measures are essential to prevent such incidents.
  • FELA railroad worker accidents: Employees in the railroad industry face unique risks, including accidents involving trains, heavy machinery and equipment, and tracks. FELA (Federal Employers’ Liability Act) provides protection and compensation for injured railroad workers.
  • Nonsubscriber cases: In some cases, employers may not subscribe to workers’ compensation programs. When employees are injured in such workplaces, they may need legal assistance to seek compensation and justice in place of workers’ compensation benefits. Learn more about these types of claims when you read the FAQ section below.

In addition to the pain and recovery from an injury at work, these accidents can also make it difficult to return to normal life. The team at MIJ can help you learn what comes next and how to move forward.

How We Can Assist You

When you decide to have MIJ as your legal representatives in a workplace accident case, here’s what you can count on:

  • Compassionate and skilled legal assistance
  • A thorough examination of the accident, including all liable parties
  • Vigorous pursuit of compensation on your behalf
  • Direction throughout the legal proceedings
  • Dedicated representation during negotiations and, if necessary, in court

Our purpose is to empower you with knowledge about your rights, provide unwavering support, and ensure you obtain the fair compensation you deserve. No one should endure the consequences of a preventable workplace accident.

Answering Your Questions Regarding Non-Subscriber Claims

What is a non-subscriber claim?

A non-subscriber work injury claim is a lawsuit filed by an employee who is injured at work and whose employer does not carry workers’ compensation insurance. Unlike workers’ compensation, which is a no-fault benefit, non-subscriber claims require the employee to prove the employer’s negligence in causing the injury.

What is the difference between an employer who is a subscriber and one who is a non-subscriber?

Employers who are subscribers pay into a workers’ compensation insurance plan, which covers workplace accidents. If their employees get hurt at work, the injured employees may be eligible to an amount of money, known “benefits,” set by the state. Paying for this policy shields employers from getting sued by injured employees, unless it can be established that the employer was grossly negligent.

Employers who do not pay into a workers’ compensation plan are not shielded from lawsuits if their employees get hurt at work.

How can I find out if my employer is a subscriber or a non-subscriber?

Texas employers who subscribe to a workers’ compensation program are required to post information about the program onsite. You can often find signs that provide instructions on applying for benefits and other important details in breakrooms and other common areas.

What kind of injuries will allow me to sue my employer if they are a Non-Subscriber?

Any injury that happens at work will allow you to sue your employer under the Non-Subscriber law.

Do I have standing to file a third-party claim?

If you are working at a job site (even if your employer has workers’ compensation) with several other contractors, and one of those contractors caused or contributed to your accident, you can seek compensation from that contractor. This is called a third-party claim, and it allows you to get damages in addition to your workers’ comp benefits.

Contact Us Today

If you’ve been injured on the job or if a loved one has suffered a workplace injury or fatality, the lawyers at MIJ are here to help. Our free consultations are available to clients throughout Texas and New Mexico.

Contact us today at 915-289-0020 or complete this online form to schedule your consultation. Let us be your advocates as we fight for your rights and help you secure the compensation you need to move forward.