What To Do After A Texas Workplace Injury?

Experiencing a workplace accident in Texas can be overwhelming. Accidents happen all the time. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 5,486 fatal work related injuries in 2022. There are many stressors that can come with being involved in an accident at work. Your body could be experiencing extreme pain. You could also be out of work while you recover, putting a big dent in your finances. It is important to know the appropriate steps to take after being involved in a workplace accident in order to secure the compensation that you deserve. At Thomas J. Henry Law, we will guide you through the process and provide insight into workers’ compensation laws in Texas, so that you can safeguard your rights and receive the necessary support during this challenging time. 

Types of Workplace Accidents

There are many different types of workplace accidents that can occur. Accidents can range from small scrapes and bruises to severe accidents resulting in long term disabilities. Some of the most common accidents include:

  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Strains and sprains from lifting heavy objects
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Electrical injuries
  • Burns and chemical exposures
  • Falls from heights
  • Machinery accidents
  • Vehicle-related accidents
  • Assaults or violence

Immediate Steps to Take After a Workplace Injury

After a workplace injury, it is vital to follow these three steps in order to protect your personal health, rights, and compensation claim. 

  • Seek Immediate Medical Attention
    • After an accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Contact your doctor as soon as possible, even if the injury seems minor at first. Some injuries may not immediately be apparent, and medical documentation is vital for your compensation claim. 
  • Report The Accident to Your Employer
    • By law, workers in Texas are required to notify their employer within 30 days of the accident. You should provide your employer with a written report detailing the incident. Retain a copy for your own records as well. Doing so ensures that your employer is aware of the incident and can take appropriate action. 
  • Preserve Evidence for Your Claim
    • Evidence such as photographs of the scene, your injuries, or any other conditions that may be hazardous should be collected and preserved. Be sure to gather witness statements and obtain copies of your incident reports. Preserving evidence helps strengthen your case and establishes liability. If your employer has workers’ compensation insurance, it is up to them to file a claim with their insurance on your behalf. 

Choose the Right Workplace Injury Lawyer to Represent You

If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace environment, don’t hesitate to contact us for expert guidance and support. Thomas J. Henry Law has represented injured clients since 1993. We have secured record-breaking settlements and verdicts for our clients and have built a reputation as a firm that can successfully litigate against the largest defendants in the world, including Fortune 500 and 100 companies. With a team of more than 200 experienced personal injury attorneys and 350 supporting staff members, clients can rest assured that there is always someone working on their claim. Contact us to help you get the relief you need. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities.

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