If you are injured in an on-the-job injury, you need to speak to a lawyer immediately. Unlike other types of injury claims, on-the-job injuries are affected by the Texas Worker’s Compensation Statutes, and therefore have different rules. Unfortunately, you may unwittingly prejudice yourself and ruin potential claims by accepting different types of benefits your employer offers. If you think your employer was negligent in creating the danger that injured you, do not accept the benefits until you have spoken to a lawyer.
In Texas, on-the-job injuries can be handled in two ways. If your employer has official workers’ compensation insurance, then the claim is governed by the Texas Workers’ Compensation system. We don not handle these cases, but we can refer you to lawyers who work in this area. If your employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance, then you are free to file a normal civil claim. We can help with those claims, and the information below applies to those claims.
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Workplace Injuries FAQs
- A co-worker told me that I could get some help from an Ombudsman. What does that person do and where would I get help?
- A colleague of mine said any information I might provide regarding a workers’ compensation claim would be available for anyone to see. Is that correct?
- Are partial days lost counted in the total number of days lost from work due to an injury for which injured persons may be compensated?
- Can my employer fire me if I have been hurt while on-the-job?
- Do all work injuries on the job have to be reported? I injured myself at work and never formally reported the injury, but my supervisor knows about it.
- Do rates of compensation vary? How are they figured out?
- Does OSHA work with all workers?
- I am going to have to file a dispute with regard to my Workers’ Compensation claim. What is involved in that process?
- I am supposed to see a designated doctor for an examination. Do I have to go?
- I am worried about any of my private information getting out or being shared around to other agencies. Is the material in my claim file confidential?
- I fell at work because of a poorly constructed scaffold. My co-workers said I need to speak to an attorney. Do I need a lawyer?
- I have been off work for several months due to an injury, but am recovering well. I think I am ready to go back to work, but I have not been cleared to go back yet. What are my options?
- I have some serious concerns about the safety in my workplace. Can I report this somewhere?
- I was told that if I take time off to go to the doctor or physiotherapist or to attend another therapeutic session for recovery, it counts as lost time. Is that correct?
- I work for a large Texas construction company and there are several workplace issues that should be reported. Is that something I can do?
- If I am injured on the job, who pays for prescriptions?
- If I have been injured while at work, am I allowed to see my own doctor?
- In Texas, when is a workplace injury not covered by a workers’ compensation policy?
- Is the Texas company that I work for required to carry workers’ compensation?
- Is there a defined period of time in which I must report a workplace injury to my employer?
- My husband fell from the scaffolding at this workplace and sustained serious head injuries that subsequently killed him. Does workers’ compensation apply to me?
- My insurance provider denied my claim. What do I do now?
- Should I be concerned about safety at work?
- What are employers responsible for if OSHA can impact them?
- What is counted in figuring out whether or not a worker has lost more than one day of work due to an on-the-job injury? Is the date of injury counted?
- What is OSHA, and how does it affect job safety?
- What rights do I have as a worker?