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Injured Workers’ Rights
INJURED WORKERS’ RIGHTS
Texas, like so many other states, offers injured workers the ability to seek redress from their employer after a workplace accident through the state workers’ compensation program. Most employers participate in this program, which covers an employee’s medical care and any lost wages due to in ability to attend work based on the injuries. If you or a loved one have been injured at work, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
An injured worker in Texas has the right to medical care at any time after the accident or injury occurs. While there is no limitations period on when to receive medical care, you must bring a workers’ compensation claim within one year of becoming aware of the injury. If your employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance, you may still be able to bring a claim against your employer outside of the Texas Workers’ Compensation system.
At any time after receiving an injury, you may hire an attorney to assist you with your claim. There are many rules and regulations which must be followed in filing a workers’ compensation claim, and it is helpful to speak with an experienced attorney shortly after your injury to fully understand the scope of your claim and the procedures you should take to accurately file a claim with the state.
WHAT DOES WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COVER?
Workers who are injured at their workplace will be eligible to bring a workers’ compensation claim. However, if you are injured on the way to the office or are involved in a voluntary off-work activity, you will likely not fall within the workers’ compensation system. An attorney will be able to analyze the facts of your case to determine whether your injuries will fall within the workers’ compensation guidelines in Texas.
An injured worker has the right to receive workers’ compensation, but an important question is what does the claim itself fact cover? Workers’ compensation will cover medical treatment, weekly compensation, ongoing treatment and rehabilitation, and permanent impairment benefits. Therefore, in the case of severe injuries, a worker will be eligible to receive weekly compensation for a set period of time, in addition to further benefits. If you have questions regarding the scope of your workers’ compensation claim, an experienced attorney will be able to assist you in calculating the amount of your claim.
MALLEY LAW FIRM | HOUSTON WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ATTORNEY
If you or a loved one have been injured in a workplace accident, do not hesitate to contact Tony Malley of the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in assisting clients with their workers’ compensation claims and will work closely with you in drafting your own claim and filing it with the state. After a terrible workplace accident, the last thing you want to be worrying about is the limitations period on your claim or whether you have attached all appropriate documentation. Contact our Houston or Beaumont offices today for your initial free consultation and let us handle all the claim documentation.