If you have been seriously injured at work, you may be concerned about whether your legal, financial, and medical rights will be protected. You are probably wondering if you will get fired, and if your medical bills will get paid. What happens if you can't return to work at your normal job, or if the insurance company is playing games with you? How do you collect workers' compensation insurance? Are you even entitled to workers' comp after your on-the-job injury?
Work injuries can get complicated quickly. Unfortunately, you are at an immediate disadvantage because your employer has insurance adjusters and lawyers on call, ready to protect their bottom line at the expense of you and your future.
For example, did you know that if you were hurt working at sea or on an offshore drilling rig, then you probably aren't legally entitled to any workers' compensation benefits at all? Find out more about offshore work injury cases and the Jones Act.
Workers' Compensation Benefits
If you've been hurt while working in a job that is land-based, then in most states, your employer and its insurance company are required to pay workers' compensation benefits to you. These benefits include wage replacement and payment for medical care. Unfortunately, the insurance companies have a lot of power when it comes to making decisions related to your wage replacement and medical benefits. If you're not careful, you run the risk of losing your legal rights or allowing the insurance company to take advantage of you when you are most vulnerable.
When Your Employer Doesn't Have Workers' Comp Insurance
Unlike most states, employers in Texas are not required to carry workers' compensation insurance. When your employer doesn't have workers' compensation insurance, then your employer is considered a "non-subscriber" and your legal rights are different than if your employer has workers' compensation insurance for job injury claims. Find out more about non-subscriber cases.
Third Party Claims For Work Accident Cases
When your employer has workers compensation insurance, in most situations, you are not allowed to sue for negligence. Your only recourse is workers' comp benefits, which can be quite minimal. However, if your injury was caused by a person, company, piece of machinery, or someone other than your employer, then you may be able to bring a negligence case against that person or company under a "third party" legal claim. There are a lot of complications in third party claims, and without the right lawyer, your legal rights may not be protected. Find out if you should file a third party claim.
If a piece of equipment or machinery caused or contributed to your injury, then you may be able to bring a products liability claim against the seller, distributor, designer, or manufacturer of the equipment or machinery. Product liablity claims are time-consuming, costly, complicated, and require the services of a law firm with the expertise to win cases against large corporations and their armies of insurance adjusters and lawyers.
Read About Some of Our Client's Victories In Work Injury Cases
- Injured Logger Collects $5,000,000 Settlement
- Confidential Settlement for Worker Exposed to Sulfuric Acid
- Worker With Left Hand Amputated Gets $985,000 Settlement
- $1 Million Settlement for Worker With Brain Injury After Falling Through Roof
Protect Your Future. Learn Your Rights After Being Hurt at Work.
If you are like most of our clients, this is the first time you have suffered an injury requiring medical attention and legal help. Unlike you, your employer likely has seen injury cases many times, so they know exactly what to do and who to call to protect their bottom line at your expense.
We recommend that one of the first things you do is learn your legal rights so you know how to avoid getting tricked into signing those rights away, and so you can make informed, intelligent choices about what course of action to take to ensure your rights are protected.
Common Questions From Clients Who Have Been Injured On The Job
1. How much does it cost to hire VB Attorneys?
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless we win your case.
2. How will you pay your bills if you can't work?
There are a number of different ways to ensure financial stability while you are recovering from an injury. We can walk you through all the different options and ensure that your financial stability is addressed.
3. How do you get quality medical care for your injury?
Unfortunately, some doctors are more concerned about pleasing the insurance companies than treating patients appropriately. We will work with you to make sure you are getting independent, quality medical care from doctors of your choosing.
4. How long will the lawsuit process take?
On average, our client's cases settle or go to court in a little less than one year, although it depends on the nature and extent of your injuries, whether your employer tries to delay the claim, and the schedule of the Court where your case will be heard. We work hard and we work fast to get you a settlement as soon as possible.
5. How much is your case worth?
We have personally handled work injury cases that settled for multiple millions of dollars. The value of your claim depends on a lot of different factors, including the nature and extent of your injuries, the cause of those injuries, and the type of law that will control your legal claims.
We can usually give our clients a pretty good idea of the range of potential settlement values early in the case, and as we work with you to develop your legal case we fine-tune the evaluation and will make specific recommendations to you on a settlement amount based on our decades of experience winning these cases for our clients.
More information to help answer your questions:
- Why you shouldn't give a recorded statement
- Can I get fired for filing a workers' compensation claim?
- The role of workers' compensation in your case
- What to do if your boss is pushing you back to work before you are ready
- How to win your case
- How to find the best attorney for your case
- Read about our Client Medical Assistance Program
Contact VB Attorneys Today To Discuss Your Work Injury Case
To schedule a free consultation with one of our board certified attorneys, please call us toll free at 877-724-7800 or use the contact form on our site to send us a confidential message. We look forward to helping you.