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Abilene Work Injury Lawyers

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When you show up for work every day, you expect to do your job in a safe and accident-free environment. However, due to unsafe conditions, construction and manufacturing workplace accidents happen in Texas every day, including falls from scaffolding, trench collapses, machinery failures and other serious incidents. In the blink of an eye, a worker may lose the ability to earn a living, or a family may lose its primary breadwinner.

If you recently suffered an injury on the job in a workplace accident in Abilene, the work injury attorneys of Ketterman, Rowland & Westlund want to help you. We can bring decades of experience with helping injured workers in Abilene and throughout Texas to your case as well as the resources of one of the largest personal injury law firms in the state. Every case starts with a free consultation. Contact us now and learn more about your rights and options.

 

 

Common Types of Workplace Accidents and Injuries in Abilene

Workplace accidents can happen in many different ways, especially in the construction and manufacturing industries. Even when a company takes precautions to keep its workers safe at job sites, serious accidents can still happen. Some of the most common types of workplace accidents are:

  • Falls
  • Trench collapses
  • Electrocution
  • Being struck by falling objects
  • Crane accidents
  • Scaffolding collapses
  • Tool and equipment defects.

Workplace accidents can result in life-changing injuries, including:

  • Head and brain injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Spinal cord injuries (including paralysis)
  • Internal organ damage
  • Lost limbs
  • Broken bones
  • Severe burns.

Workers may need months or years to recover from their injuries. For many workers, their injuries are permanent. In the most severe cases, these injuries can lead to the death of a worker on the job.

Hiring a workplace accident attorney will give you the best chance for recovering the full amount of benefits that you are entitled to receive and, perhaps, additional compensation as well.

At Ketterman, Rowland & Westlund, our experienced workplace injury attorneys have handled all types of workplace injury cases. We can handle your case from start to finish and explore all options available to you.

What Texas Workers’ Compensation Does and Does Not Cover

Workers’ compensation benefits should cover any employee who is injured or disabled by an accident that takes place at work – regardless of who was at fault for the injury. The trade-off under the Texas workers’ compensation system is that the employee foregoes suing his or her employer for damages resulting from the injury in exchange for getting benefits quickly.

If your employer has workers’ compensation insurance, then you may be entitled to benefits after you suffer a workplace injury such as:

  • Medical benefits – Coverage for all necessary and related medical treatment, including emergency care, surgery, medication and ongoing rehabilitation. Your treatment-related travel expenses can be covered as well.
  • Lost wage benefits – If your workplace injury causes you to miss work on a temporary or permanent basis, you can receive a portion of the wages that you lose.
  • Final expenses and death benefits – If your loved one died in a workplace accident, you may be eligible to receive payment that eases the burden of funeral and burial costs as well as death benefits that give your family needed financial help as you move forward.

One significant drawback to workers’ compensation is that this type of claim does not compensate for pain and suffering related to the injury. In order to collect full damages for a workplace injury, you and your attorney should discuss other legal options for compensation.

Do Abilene Workers Have Options Beyond Workers’ Compensation?

Texas is one of the few states where employers are not required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. So, if your employer does not carry this insurance, you may have the option to file a lawsuit in court to collect full damages from your employer for your workplace injuries. The lawsuit could seek the recovery of all of your lost wages – not just a portion of them – as well as the pain and suffering damages that workers’ compensation does not cover.

Additionally, employees can also file a lawsuit for damages against their employer if they are harmed by toxic substances or dangerous chemicals that run a high risk of causing other serious medical conditions. In manufacturing and on construction sites, toxic substances like silica, asbestos, benzene, radium and chromium are used or discovered more often than people think.

Finally, you may be eligible to bring what is called a “third-party injury claim” against a non-employer who causes you to suffer a work injury. For instance, if you are making a delivery in a company vehicle, and a negligent driver causes an accident that injures you, then you may be eligible to bring a claim against that driver.

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Our Abilene Workplace Injury Attorneys Can Help You

Our legal team at Ketterman, Rowland & Westlund understands the stress that workplace injuries bring into the lives of workers and their families. We can ease the burdens that you face by exploring all of your legal options, which may go beyond what workers’ compensation benefits provide, and by handling all aspects of your claim from start to finish while you focus on your health.

We have the experience and the resources needed to take on complex cases, and we do not back down from a fight. Our attorneys are skilled negotiators and strategic litigators who always go the extra mile for our deserving clients. And we never charge any costs or legal fees unless we secure the benefits and/or compensation on our clients’ behalf.

To learn more about how the Abilene workplace injury lawyers of Ketterman, Rowland & Westlund can help you, contact us today and schedule a free consultation of your case through our Abilene office.