Many workers in Texas are injured on the job through no fault of their own. Such injuries can be tragic to the common American worker because he or she is unable to continue to provide for their family and instead begins to incur large medical bills and expenses, physical impairment (unable to work and stay active), and pain and suffering.
According to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA"), 4,690 workers were killed on the job in 2010 — more than 90 a week or nearly 13 deaths every day.
"Every day in America, 13 people go to work and never come home. Every year in America, nearly 4 million people suffer a workplace injury from which some may never recover. These are preventable tragedies that disable our workers, devastate our families, and damage our economy. American workers are not looking for a handout or a free lunch. They are looking for a good day's pay for a hard day's work. They just want to go to work, provide for their families, and get home in one piece."
– Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Workers Memorial Day speech April 26, 2012
Many times employers carry worker's compensation insurance to provide employees with some assistance with their lost wages and medical bills. However, many employers do not subscribe to Texas Worker's Compensation and will not pay for the employee's loss of wages or medical bills, even if the employer is at fault for the accident. Furthermore, many times the accident is the fault of the employer and/or a third party (another company's negligence). Employers have a legal duty to provide employees a reasonably safe place to work.
It is also illegal to discriminate against a worker for filing a claim for worker's compensation. I have seen employers fire, terminate, and discretely "get rid" of workers who are injured on the job.
If you have suffered a serious personal injury at work, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to seek fair compensation for your damages. For information about the types of personal injury damages you may be entitled to recover, see Rogers Law Blog: Damages Recoverable in Texas Personal Injury Lawsuits.
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