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Representing Workplace Injury Victims in Carrollton, Denton, Grapevine, Lewisville, McKinney, and Southlake
As a Dallas workplace injury lawyers, nothing aggravates us more than employers who instruct their employees to perform their job duties in an unsafe manner or without the necessary protective equipment. However, it happens more than you would think, and when employers encourage these unsafe work environments, employees inevitably suffer a variety of injuries ranging from back issues to broken bones, and sometimes, these workplace accidents are even fatal.
The Hartley Law Firm makes it a point to send employers the message that it is not acceptable to expose their employees to unnecessary dangers. As a Dallas workplace injury attorneys, we can help when it comes to injury cases in the workplace.
An Employer’s Duty to Workers
Texas employers are held to a high standard of safety at the workplace. Unfortunately, they do not always rise to that high standard. A debilitating workplace injury caused by a lazy or penny-pinching employer can destroy someone’s life—and the lives of their family members.
Employers are generally expected to provide a reasonably safe work environment and should provide personal protective equipment to their employees whenever it is necessary. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) breaks down workplace hazards into five categories: chemical hazards, biological hazards, physical dangers, repetitive stress injuries, and psychological harm.
Exposure to toxic or otherwise harmful substances can cause a range of serious health issues, including skin-related conditions, brain damage, and respiratory problems. Employers must provide employees with the correct substance to complete their job and should ensure that harmful substances are safely stored.
Any naturally occurring hazard is considered a biological hazard. For example, sewage, blood, and other bodily fluids, airborne pathogens, and mold are all biological hazards many workers must confront every day. Employers need to take care to reduce or eliminate the risks of these hazards by limiting employee contact whenever possible.
Physical hazards are the most commonly known type of workplace hazard. However, most people underestimate the number of physical dangers in the workplace. Physical dangers include exposure to noise, extreme temperatures, radiation, and vibration. Most employers are aware of these dangers and should implement a strict set of safety standards to ensure workers’ safety.
Repetitive Stress Injuries
A repetitive stress injury, also called an overuse injury, is the term used for damage or pain caused by repetitive use of the same muscle group. Repetitive stress injuries are the most underestimated type of workplace injury, and they can happen to workers in any occupation. For example, desk workers may develop carpal tunnel syndrome from typing or construction workers may suffer permanent nerve damage after regularly using a piece of vibrating machinery like a jackhammer.
Stress can take its toll on workers in any industry. While fifty years ago, employers may have laughed at the thought of a psychological work-related injury, recent medical developments have determined that stress can have a major adverse physiological effect on the body. Employers must develop policies that tend to an employee’s mental health, just as they should for an employee’s physical health.
Dallas Workplace Injury and Third-Party Injury Claims
The Texas workers’ compensation system allows injured workers to obtain benefits for their medical bills and lost income. If an employer is covered by workers’ compensation insurance, workers do not need to prove that anyone else was responsible for their injuries—they merely need to show that their injury was related to or caused by their work.
Generally, an injured worker cannot bring a personal injury claim against their employer, because a workers’ compensation claim is seen as their exclusive remedy. However, if you’ve been injured on the job due to some other party’s negligence, you can pursue a personal injury claim against the negligent party. Additionally, If an employer is not enrolled in the Texas Workers’ Compensation System, they are barred from asserting several common defenses to employees’ negligence claims.
Reach Out to the Hartley Law Firm for Immediate Assistance with Your Dallas Workplace Injury Claim
If you have recently suffered an on-the-job injury, give me a call at my Dallas workplace injury law firm. I handle all types of workplace injury cases, including non-subscriber claims as well as third-party work injury lawsuits. Whether you were injured in a construction accident, motor vehicle collision, or slip and fall, I can help you understand your options and pursue a claim to get you the compensation you need and deserve.
When it comes to workplace injury claims, time is of the essence. It is important that you contact an experienced Dallas workplace injury attorney who can pursue compensation on your behalf as soon as possible. The sooner you reach out to a legal practitioner, the more quickly they can investigate the accident, identify your damages, and begin negotiations with your employer and their insurance company. As an experienced litigator, we will not hesitate to take your case to trial if your employer or their insurer is unwilling to fairly settle your claim.
To learn more and to schedule a free consultation, give my firm a call today, or you can reach me through our online contact form, and someone will follow up with you shortly.
Hartley Law Firm handles other types of cases as well, including:
- Personal Injury
- Wrongful Death
- Bike Accidents
- Head and Brain Injury
- Burn Accident Injury
- Bus Crash Accidents
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Construction Site Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Uber & Lyft Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Dog Attack
- Sexual Abuse
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Oil Field Accidents
- Spinal Cord Injury