What To Do if You’re Hurt at Work
Experienced Dallas attorneys explain the process
If you get hurt at work, it’s critical that you take certain steps right away. Otherwise, your health and your legal rights could be at risk. But what should you do? What are your rights? What are your options?
In Texas, work injury claims can be especially complicated. That’s because some employers don’t have workers’ compensation insurance. In such cases, injured workers often need to file a non-subscriber work injury claim.
Other times, the best option may be to file a third-party injury lawsuit. However, specific situations need to apply to take such legal action. That’s why it’s critical for injured workers to understand their rights and the options available to them.
What should I do if I get hurt at work?
If you sustain an injury at work in Texas, it’s important that you take immediate action right away to protect your health and your legal rights. Such steps include:
- Seek immediate medical treatment. Don’t try to diagnose yourself. Many serious work injuries can have life-threatening consequences.
- Tell your supervisor you sustained an injury at work.
- Ask your supervisor at work if your company has workers’ compensation insurance. Some companies in Texas do not have workers’ compensation. If your company does not participate in Texas’ workers’ comp system, your company is known as a non-subscriber company, meaning they don’t subscribe to workers’ compensation.
- Do not discuss your work injury in detail with co-workers or anyone else. Anything you say could be used to deny your work-injury claim.
- If someone saw your work injury, ask them to make a statement on your behalf about your workplace accident. If you’re not sure how to do this, ask your lawyer to talk to your co-worker.
- Keep any documentation related to your injury. Such documentation can include medical bills, prescription medications, or an official accident report related to your work injury.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions. If the doctor tells you to stay home and rest or take certain medications, take their advice. Failure to do so could jeopardize the outcome of your legal case. That’s because the at-fault party’s insurance company may try to use your actions as evidence to deny your claim on the grounds that you’re not seriously injured.
- Schedule an appointment as soon as possible with an experienced Texas work injury lawyer. The sooner you talk to an attorney, the better. That way, you can learn more about your legal options.
Know your rights. Contact The Marye Law Firm
Work injury claims in Texas can be very complicated legal cases. Because some employers don’t participate in the state’s workers’ compensation system, getting financial compensation can often be extremely challenging.
Make sure you make the most of your opportunity for justice. Contact us and discover how a dedicated Dallas lawyer can help with your work injury claim. Schedule a free case evaluation at our Dallas law firm. We can review the details of your case and explain your options.
The Marye Law Firm – we take your work injury seriously.
(The Marye Law Firm does not handle Workers’ Comp cases. However, if you believe your employer is a Non-Subscriber, it will be important for you or the injured employee to work with an attorney to establish any negligence of the employer and any grounds for recovery the injured party may have to compensate for medical bills, lost wages, and/or future wages; compensation for mental anguish or pain and suffering; and for exemplary damages.)