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You Deserve Fair Compensation…
Regardless of Your Citizenship or Documentation

Workplace injuries refer to a broad spectrum of accidents and illnesses that occur while an individual is on the job. From slips and falls to repetitive stress injuries, these incidents can result in physical, emotional, and financial hardships for workers and their families. In Texas, workers’ compensation laws provide support for those injured on the job, covering medical expenses, lost wages, and rehabilitation costs.

At Paxton Law Firm, we believe that every worker deserves fair compensation, regardless of their citizenship or documentation status. We understand the concerns and fears that many individuals without proper documentation have about potential legal repercussions. However, you have the same legal right to pursue compensation as an American citizen, and we are here to help you exercise those rights. Our team is dedicated to protecting the rights of all workers, helping them secure the justice and compensation they deserve.

Beware of Insurance Companies After Slip & Fall Accidents…
Even When They Sound Caring or Friendly

After a workplace injury, you can expect a call from an insurance adjuster. While they may sound compassionate, they are far from your advocates. Insurance companies aim to minimize payouts, and adjusters are trained to gather information that could devalue your claim. They may ask seemingly innocent questions about your injuries, medical history, or accident details. However, your responses could be used against you to dispute or deny your claim.

Remember, insurance adjusters are not your advocates; they represent the interests of the insurance company or your workplace. Avoid discussing the specifics of your case or accepting any settlement offers without consulting a knowledgeable attorney. At Paxton Law Firm, we’re here to protect your rights and ensure you receive fair compensation for your workplace injuries. Let us handle the negotiations and advocate on your behalf so you can focus on your recovery.

Steps to Take Immediately After Workplace Injuries:

  • Seek medical attention promptly, even for seemingly minor injuries.
  • Report the injury to your supervisor or employer as soon as possible.
  • Document the details of the accident, including date, time, location, and witnesses.
  • Take photographs of the accident scene and any visible injuries.
  • Keep copies of all medical records, treatment plans, and expenses related to the injury.
  • Follow the instructions of healthcare providers and attend all follow-up appointments.
  • Refrain from discussing the details of the accident on social media or with coworkers.
  • Consult with our workplace injury attorneys at Paxton Law Firm to understand your rights.
  • Keep a detailed record of any missed workdays and lost wages due to the injury.
  • Avoid signing any documents or agreements from insurance companies without legal review.

Common Reasons for Workplace Injuries:

  • Slip and fall accidents due to wet or uneven surfaces
  • Falling objects or debris, causing head, neck, or back injuries
  • Machinery accidents resulting from improper use or lack of safety measures
  • Repetitive motion injuries from tasks like typing or lifting
  • Exposure to hazardous substances or chemicals, causing respiratory or skin conditions
  • Vehicle accidents while driving for work-related purposes
  • Workplace violence or assault incidents
  • Overexertion or lifting heavy objects, leading to strains and sprains
  • Electrical hazards, causing burns or electrocution
  • Lack of proper training or safety protocols

Workplace Injuries FAQs

Am I eligible for workers' compensation benefits?

In Texas, most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which provides benefits for employees injured on the job. Eligibility for benefits depends on factors such as the severity of the injury and whether it occurred during the course of employment. Even if you are not eligible for workers’ compensation, you may still have other legal options for seeking compensation, such as filing a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent third party.

Can I choose my own doctor for treatment?

In many cases, your employer may have a designated list of approved healthcare providers for work-related injuries. However, Texas law allows injured workers to choose their own doctor for treatment after the initial visit to an approved healthcare provider. It’s important to inform your employer of your choice of doctor to ensure your medical expenses are covered by workers’ compensation insurance.

What types of benefits are available through workers' compensation?

Workers’ compensation benefits typically include coverage for medical expenses, such as doctor visits, hospital stays, prescription medications, and rehabilitative services. Additionally, workers may be entitled to wage replacement benefits for time missed from work due to the injury. In cases of permanent disability, workers’ compensation may provide benefits for ongoing medical care and vocational rehabilitation.

How long do I have to file a workers' compensation claim?

In Texas, the statute of limitations for filing a workers’ compensation claim is generally one year from the date of the injury or the date you knew or should have known that the injury was work-related. It’s important to report the injury to your employer and file a claim as soon as possible to ensure that you meet the deadline for seeking benefits. Failing to file a claim within the statute of limitations could result in the denial of benefits.

Can I be fired for filing a workers' compensation claim?

Texas is an at-will employment state, which means that employers can terminate employees for any reason or no reason at all as long as it’s not discriminatory or retaliatory. However, it is illegal for employers to retaliate against employees for exercising their rights under workers’ compensation laws, such as filing a claim for a workplace injury. If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated in retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim, you may have legal recourse to pursue a wrongful termination lawsuit.

Lady Justice Is Blind…
but We Help Her See the Truth

Paxton Law Firm is committed to providing unparalleled legal representation to individuals across Texas. We are available around the clock to address your concerns and provide guidance whenever you need us. Our team of attorneys is skilled in negotiation tactics, ensuring we secure the maximum possible compensation for every client. Our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for your case, whether through negotiation or litigation. Schedule your free consultation today to explore your legal options after a workplace injury.

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