About five times as many accident injuries occur each year in the workplace than from car accidents
In Texas, workers’ compensation helps cover the cost of lost wages and medical bills if you get hurt on the job. It is a helpful safety net, but it is also limited. If you rely on it alone and assume it covers everything, you may be sorely disappointed.
For instance, you do not get any compensation for pain and suffering, no matter what you went through after the injury. While lost wages are covered, you are likely only going to get two-thirds of your standard wages. Can you really make ends meet if you spend significant time in the hospital, making a third less money the entire time? Anyone on a budget knows just how fast that budget is going to fall apart under that strain.
When workers’ compensation is not enough, it may be time to turn to a civil personal injury case to seek additional compensation. This can be especially helpful if you work for an employer that does not carry workers’ comp insurance or if you got injured by someone else who was not a co-worker and who does not work for the company at all. In the latter case, you could start a third-party claim against that individual.
For instance, a third-party claim could be made against a property owner, an equipment supplier, another contractor who is on the same job site or a driver in another car. After all, car accidents are one of the top reasons for work-related injuries, and many of them simply involve other drivers on the road.
Workplace injuries happen for numerous reasons, including:
After any injury, you must know your rights.
At Byrd Davis Alden & Henrichson, LLP, in Austin, Texas, our lawyers know that third-party claims can get complicated. We remain dedicated to fighting for your rights, and we have more than 50 years of experience. Let us guide you through the process. Call today at 512-593-7650 or contact us online. We offer a attorney consultation.