The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 3.7 million injuries and 5,071 fatalities resulting from workplace accidents in 2008. The averages since 1992 have been slightly higher, with some years reporting more than 4 million annual job/work injuries and more than 6,000 fatalities. The most common types of job/work injuries are truck/18-wheeler accidents, slip and falls, falling or moving objects and homicides. The causes of non-fatal injuries range from falls to overexertion during physical labor tasks.
When workplace accidents result in serious injury and death, victims are entitled to compensation. Depending on the circumstances of the incident, workers may be eligible for payment from a personal injury lawsuit, workers’ compensation benefits or both.
About Workers’ Compensation
Workers’ compensation insurance payments cover many job/work injuries in North Texas. However, what if the amount of workers compensation you’re being offered is not enough? Or what if you’re being denied benefits altogether? At The Goolsby Law Firm, our Dallas work injury lawyers know how to fight for workers’ rights. Keep in mind that in most cases, if you accept workers’ compensation benefits, you are releasing the company of liability and you cannot usually sue your employer for further compensation. This is why it’s so important that you contact our office before you accept any type of settlement or workers’ comp payment.
Even if you accept workers’ compensation, however, third-parties can be often still be sued if they contributed in any way to your injury or to the wrongful death of a loved one at work. For example, if you were severely cut while using a certain defective tool or machine at work, you can sue the manufacturer of a defective product in addition to receiving workers’ compensation for your injury.
If you’ve been injured at work due to negligence by your employer and/or a third party, a Dallas job injury lawyer at The Goolsby Law Firm can help you recover damages to take care of your medical bills and lost wages in the Dallas area. We will also aggressively defend your case to recover additional damages to compensate you for pain and suffering and emotional trauma when possible. Call our office at 972-394-2141 or on to schedule your free consultation. We work on a contingent fee basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you recover damages for your loss.