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Workplace Injury Lawyers

Workplace injuries are also commonly known as occupational injuries or on-the-job injuries. As the name implies, it is a physical or mental injury that takes place while at one’s job. According to the United States Department of Labor, thousands of employees are injured or killed every day across this nation.

In Texas, employers have a statutory obligation to provide a safe environment to all employees. This obligation starts with having adequate policies and procedures to ensure safety in the workplace.

Our team of workplace injury attorneys want to help you recover lost wages and medical bills, in addition to compensation for your pain and suffering and other losses. Your recovery what matters at a time like this. When you’re injured at work, get legal help from the experienced workplace injury attorneys at Ketterman Rowland & Westlund. For a free case evaluation, call us today or use our online form to get in touch.

Compensation in a Workplace Injury Claim

After suffering an injury from a workplace accident, the experienced work injury attorneys from Ketterman Rowland & Westlund can help you seek compensation for:

  1. After an injury, you may be out of work for weeks, months, or even the rest of your life. You can lose wages and income that are critical to your wellbeing and the wellbeing of your family. A workplace injury claim may help you recover by providing the lost wages and income that your injuries have cost you.
  2. After an injury, your medical bills can add up fast. Medical treatment can cost thousands upon thousands of dollars, and just managing your medical costs can drain your finances dry. Luckily, a workplace injury claim can help you recover the cost of any past care and help cover the costs of future treatment related to your injuries.
  3. After a serious injury, you may experience severe and lasting pain. This pain may be physical in nature, or it may be mental in nature, manifesting itself through depression, anxiety, and other harmful conditions. If you’ve suffered because of your injuries, and your quality of life has been harmed, you may be entitled to compensation.

    What you can collect will vary depending on the details of your case, including whether your claim falls under workers’ compensation or a different type of legal action.

How Our Construction Injury Attorneys Can Help You


In addition to the pain, anguish, and impairment caused by the injury itself, an employee who is injured on the job might be hit with mounting medical bills and lost income. An employee may even be faced with a permanent loss of earning capacity. Serious injuries and deaths can certainly become catastrophic and life-altering events for employees and their families, creating the need for a personal injury lawyer.

Workplace injury claims can be complex. If you or a family member has suffered from a workplace injury, or a loved one has died on the job, ask for the experienced legal representation from Ketterman Rowland & Westlund.

A workplace injury attorney can represent an individual when workers’ compensation does not provide adequate compensation or is not available. Such instances include:

  • Defective Products. If you were injured by a defective product while on the job, hire one of our defective products attorneys to represent you against the product designer and manufacturer.
  • No Workers’ Compensation Insurance. Unlike most states, Texas does not require employers to carry workers’ compensation coverage. If you are not covered by workers’ compensation insurance, there are other ways to receive financial compensation.

  • Toxic Exposure. If you have been working in an unsafe environment, such as being surrounded by an asbestos-riddled office space, then you may have the right to receive compensation for your illness.

A workplace accident happens without warning, leaving you unprepared for everything that follows. You may end up in the hospital facing months of therapy and expensive medical bills, miss work for a long period of time, and even suffer distress concerning your injury or worry about your family’s future.

Depending on the severity of the injury, it may be virtually impossible to deal with an insurance adjuster. A work accident lawyer can remove the headache and confusion of dealing with the insurance company, ensuring that your injury isn’t simply brushed under the rug and forgotten about.

If someone you love was killed due to a construction accident, a wrongful death suit may be your only means of seeking compensation for this devastating loss. Our workplace injury attorneys are qualified to handle these difficult cases, so contact us today about your case.

Your Company’s Safety Responsibilities

In order to prevent workplace injuries, it is important for an employer to set up and enforce a series of safety guidelines, provide proper training, and maintain as safe of an environment as possible. Employees must be provided a safe location in which to work, along with safe tools and equipment to carry out their daily functions. Safety measures should always include adequate training and periodic inspections. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration as well as other organizations oversee workplace safety and mandate particular rules about how a workplace should operate.

In addition, there are particular occupations and environments which are more prone to a workplace injury occurring. One of the most common hazardous environments is the construction business, in which falls are prevalent. This is due to the dangerous heights that construction workers and builders deal with on a daily basis.

What Workers’ Compensation Does and Doesn’t Cover

Responsible companies take careful precautions to prevent employee injury, but even then accidents can still happen. When they do, it’s important to understand what workers’ compensation does and does not cover. Below is a list of common expenses and situations managed with workers compensation:

  • Medical bills. When an accident or injury happens on a worksite and is related to work you’re doing, medical bills are usually covered by workers’ compensation if your employer has coverage. This includes treatment of the injury, physical therapy, and future treatment that your injury may require. Coverage of medical bills is one of the most important functions of workers’ compensation.
  • Lost wages. After an injury, you may be out of work for days, weeks, months, or even years, depending upon the severity of the accident. In cases such as those, workers’ compensation could cover a portion of the lost wages that you’ve suffered as a result of the accident.
  • Final expenses and death benefits. If someone is killed in a work-related accident, workers’ compensation may pay toward the final expenses of the deceased. Workers’ compensation may also provide a death benefit for the deceased’s dependents to give them the resources they need to carry on.

Workers’ compensation is an important tool for helping workers and their dependents recover after an accident. Unfortunately, there are some situations where workers’ compensation will not pay benefits. Common uncovered situations may include:

  • Injuries obtained while commuting to work. Workers’ compensation typically does not cover injuries that you sustain while going to or returning from work. However, there may be situations, such as work-related travel and off-site work, where workers’ compensation does apply.
  • Self-inflicted injuries. When a worker intentionally injures themselves, this may not be covered by workers’ compensation.
  • Injuries off the clock. Workers’ compensation exists to help workers who are hurt on the job. It does not cover injuries that occur during off-hours or outside of work.

Types of Job-Related Injuries

Our workplace accident lawyers and OSHA violation attorneys are familiar with many types of workplace accidents. Some of the most common accidents include:

  • Crane Accident Injuries. Cranes move heavy equipment and heavy materials. Even a small accident may result in catastrophic injury to workers on site.
  • Construction Site Falls. Construction sites can be dangerous places, but that’s no excuse for lax safety equipment or procedures. A construction site fall may result in permanent injuries, time away from work, and even death.
  • Machinery Accidents. The tools on a job site are powerful, heavy pieces of equipment. When equipment fails, workers may end up hurt.
  • Nail Gun Accidents. Nail guns are essential tools on many construction sites, but they can be very dangerous. Nail guns can place a nail in the blink of an eye, but accidents can lead to life-threatening injuries.
  • Scaffold Accidents. Scaffolding must meet OSHA regulations for safety and strength. When scaffolding is improperly constructed or has weaknesses in it, it may collapse, causing serious injury to those on the worksite.
  • Stairway Collapse Accidents. During construction, many sites rely upon temporary stairways to help workers get around. These stairs often fail to meet safety standards and may endanger your health.
  • Trench Accidents. Before construction ever starts, site managers must carefully plan the dig, instruct crews, and prepare the necessary equipment. When they don’t the result can be trench collapse, contact with underground pipes and wires, and life-threatening injuries for those involved.
  • Oil Field Injuries. Oil fields can be hazardous work environments, and negligence by another can result in harm to you. Burns, falls, and other serious injuries are common, and often avoidable, at an oil field.

If you were injured in one of these or any other workplace accident, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation or a workplace injury lawsuit.

Understanding Construction Injuries and Complications

On-site hazards are plentiful and can lead to temporary injury and permanent disabilities. Severe construction injuries may include scarring, burns, paralysis, amputation, spinal cord damage, or even brain damage. Complications may also arise from what initially seems like a minor injury. More complicated issues like emotional distress could even affect your on-the-job performance in the future. These are all good reasons to protect yourself with help from our work injury lawyers.

By taking action immediately after suffering an injury and getting the medical attention you require, you can help prevent or anticipate future problems.

Accidents may also lead to a wrongful death of a loved one. If you’ve lost a loved one due to a workplace injury, don’t hesitate to speak with our workplace injury attorneys about your case. We understand how difficult the loss of a loved one can be and how it can throw your plans and the plans of your family into disarray.

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Experienced Texas Workplace Injury Attorneys Ready to Fight for You

At Ketterman Rowland & Westlund, we are proud to help injured workers pursue the compensation that they deserve. We know how important your job is to you, and how essential your livelihood is to you and your family. That’s we fight for the compensation that every client deserves. In each and every case, we bring the knowledge and experience that a workplace injury claim needs.

After you’re injured, don’t wait to get the legal help you deserve. If you’ve suffered an injury in a workplace accident, call us today for a free case evaluation or use our online form to get in touch.