Texas is a hotbed of industrial activity, whether it be related to oil and gas operations or chemical plants along the coast. While these industries have led to a huge boost in the Texas economy over the last decades, they have also led to an increased number of tragic industrial accidents. Industrial accidents often involve more than just a fall down a ladder, and can include a well blowout, chemical burn, or heavy equipment malfunction. If you or a loved one were injured in an industrial workplace accident, do not hesitate to contact an attorney regarding potential workers’ compensation.
Many oil and gas industrial jobs are inherently dangerous. Therefore, companies must take it upon themselves to ensure their employees are carefully trained. Failure to properly train employers could open up an industrial plant or refinery to workers’ compensation claims or lawsuits in the case of an extreme accident.
Industrial accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries which have an ongoing impact to an employee’s life and ability to work in the future, including:
These injuries often require weeks, if not months, in rehabilitative care, and may often lead to a reduced number of hours at a job site. Texas law protects workers after these accidents, and an experienced workers’ compensation attorney will assist you in fully understanding your rights.
Workers’ Compensation Claims
Regardless of the fault of the accident, an employee will be able to bring a workers’ compensation claim in Texas after receiving an injury related to an industrial accident while at work within Texas Workers’ Compensation System. Any employee who receives an injury while at work has to right to receive medical care and take time off work to recover from the corresponding injuries. The employer must allow this leave of absence and further allow the employee to receive medical care covered within the employer’s workers’ compensation policy.
An experienced workers’ compensation claim will help you prepare and file your claim after the industrial accident occurs. While receiving compensation may not be your immediate concern after a devastating injury, it is important that you keep in mind the limitations period in Texas, which is one year after the accident. Additionally, you must inform your employer of the accident and injury within 30 days. It is understandable that you would like to focus on completely recovering from your injuries, and therefore an attorney will be able to shoulder the bulk of the burden for you in dealing with the Division of Workers’ Compensation.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you or a loved one were injured in an industrial accident at the job site, do not hesitate to contact Tony Malley of the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in handling workers’ compensation injuries and will assist you in completing your claim. Contact our Houston or Beaumont offices today for your initial free consultation.