If you live and work in Austin, you know how great the city is, and undoubtedly count yourself lucky to be a resident. If you’ve suffered a work-related injury, on the other hand, you’re probably not feeling so lucky. Work-related injuries happen more often than most people realize, and it can help to understand how the recovery process works.
The State of Texas describes work-related injuries as any injury or illness – regardless of who’s at fault – that was sustained in the “course and scope of employment.” This means that if you’re doing any activity that “furthers or carries out” your employer’s business, it’s a work-related activity. If you’ve been injured while carrying out your work, you need an experienced work-related injury attorney on your side. Work-related injuries can be especially difficult to process. After all, you were at work earning your livelihood when you were injured. Though most of us don’t expect to get injured on the job, it does happen. If you’ve been injured on the job, the dedicated legal team at The Law Offices of George Salinas in Austin is here to help. Our experienced work-related injury lawyers have the commitment, drive, and experience to help ensure the most equitable resolution of your claim.
Your Personal Injury Claim
If you’ve been injured on the job, you know how upsetting and overwhelming it can be. You should focus on taking care of yourself and recovering from your injury while your work-related injury attorney tackles the critical job of collecting evidence to support your claim and recovering just compensation. We’ll work directly with the insurance company involved to protect your rights and your rightful compensation, and bring a lawsuit if necessary.
The Insurance Company
Though state and federal laws prohibit insurance companies from implementing practices that aren’t in good faith, insurance companies are nevertheless for-profit enterprises that aren’t always above employing aggressive tactics to reduce settlement amounts, or even to deny claims. Because work-related injuries are often so unsettling, many victims are tempted to follow the path of least resistance and simply accept a lowball settlement offer from the insurance company. This is not in your best interests, however. Work-related injuries are often complicated and can have long-lasting or permanent impacts. Obtaining just compensation is critical not only to your ability to move forward with your recovery, but to thrive in the future.
If you’ve been injured at work, you’ve likely suffered a variety of damages that include medical expenses:
- Emergency transportation from the scene of the accident
- Emergency care
- Surgery and aftercare
- Care and treatment from doctors, therapists, and specialists
- Follow-up and ongoing care
- Physical therapy
- Prescription medications
- Adaptive medical devices
Medical expenses, however, likely won’t be your only expense. In addition to the expense of medical care, you’ll probably lose hours, and wages, from work while your medical bills pile up. This can result in a significant financial setback. If your injury is especially serious, you may even suffer lost earning potential far into your future—or worse, permanently. The full extent of your damages is likely to be considerable. You should turn to a skilled work-related injury attorney who can help ensure that your claim adequately reflects the extent of the injuries you’ve incurred and recover just compensation for you, while you focus on your physical recovery.
Injuries Common to Work Accidents
Every work-related injury claim is unique to its own set of circumstances, but there are several kinds of accidents that are common:
- Overexertion Injuries
Not only are overexertion injuries the most common workplace injuries but they are also the most expensive. These injuries are typically caused by work that involves pulling, pushing, carrying, lifting, holding or throwing awkward or heavy objects. Companies that incorporate ergonomic equipment, emphasize safe-lifting practices, and provide adequate safety training can help minimize these injuries on the job.
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
Repetitive motion injuries are those injuries that develop over time. They can be caused by movement as seemingly benign as typing for long hours at your computer. Incorporating healthy movement into your workday, opting for ergonomic furniture, and maintaining a healthy posture while you work can all help you avoid acquiring one of these often-painful and debilitating injuries.
Slip and fall injuries are frequently caused by unsafe working conditions, or carelessness on the part of the individuals whose job it is to maintain the premises. Causes can amount to almost anything, but puddled water in a walkway or working area is a good example.
- Falls From Elevations
All falls are dangerous, but falls from elevations often cause particularly severe injuries. This type of accident is closely associated with work that involves tall machinery, ladders, and/or scaffolding, such as construction work. Companies that provide ongoing safety training and appropriate safety gear can help prevent these often-deadly accidents from happening.
If you drive as part of the “course and scope of your employment,” a car accident can be a work-related injury. When you head out on the streets of Austin—whether you’re driving for work or not—always make safety your top priority, instead of rushing to work or texting your employer on your cell phone.
Injuries caused by machines can be especially serious, and industrial accidents are all too common. The incorporation of enhanced safety education and training, safety checks, safety protocols, and regular work breaks can all help make your workplace safer.
If You’ve Suffered a Work-Related Injury, You Need an Experienced Austin Work-Related Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been injured on the job, you understand how stressful and overwhelming it can be. We are here to help. The dedicated legal team at The Law Offices of George Salinas is committed to helping you through this difficult time and recovering just compensation for your injuries and lost wages, while you focus on healing. Our skilled work-related injury attorneys have the experience, compassion, and drive to fight for your claim’s just resolution, so please contact or call us at (512) 851-1004 to schedule an appointment today.
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