Workplace Injuries

If you have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation for your injuries.  In Texas, the workers’ compensation system can be complicated — and your employer may not participate in it. A knowledgeable Dallas workplace injury attorney can evaluate your case and help you pursue a claim against your employer for the injuries you have suffered at work.

What Is Covered By Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that provides coverage to workers who are inured on the job.

It may provide the following benefits:

  • Medical bills for past and future treatment
  • Lost wages
  • Mental anguish, pain or suffering
  • Disfigurement

These claims are not limited to job-related accidents, such as a forklift running over your foot.  It can also cover medical issues from repetitive motions, exposure to toxic chemicals and more.  If you believe that you are suffering from a job-related injury, a skilled workplace injury attorney can assess your situation and determine if you have a case.  

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Because workers’ compensation is a form of insurance, the insurance companies are often skilled at limiting the amount that they have to pay to injured employees.  They may deny coverage for a particular treatment, or demand that you go back to work before your doctor believes that you are ready.  Knowing your legal rights and having an experienced attorney on your side can ensure that you are properly treated and compensated, and that you are not forced to go back to work before you have had adequate time to heal. 

Texas Law Facts on Workplace Injuries

  • Texas Workers’ Compensation laws allow workers who are injured during the course of their employment to receive compensation without filing a traditional lawsuit and proving who caused the accident or injury.
  • The injured employee does not need to prove that his or her employer was negligent or at fault. However, the employee must prove that the injury occurred in the course of his or her employment.
  • Before filing a workers' compensation claim, you must report your injury to your employer within 30 days from the date of the injury or from the date you knew the injury or illness was related to your job in order to receive benefits. 

Workplace Injury Attorneys in Dallas, Texas

Like other legal claims, there is a time limit to file workers’ compensation claims.  That is why it is so important to contact an experienced workplace injury attorney as soon as possible after you are injured. The Law Office of Chad West can work with you to make sure that your claim is filed in a timely manner, and will work on your behalf to pursue all possible claims against your employer for your injury.