Houston Workplace Accident Lawyer

Experienced Workplace Injury Lawyers Serving Clients In Houston and Surrounding Areas For Over 25 Years

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Houston, TX 77056

A federal report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared Houston as the most dangerous city in the country for workers — it ranked among the highest in numbers of workplace fatalities of all U.S. cities. At Thomas J. Henry Law, our Houston workplace injury attorneys are dedicated to ensuring that employees do not have the fear of being injured while on the job. We understand that you have rights as an employee and will fight to protect those rights, assisting you in the challenging recovery process after a work-related injury.

The work we do is essential to helping you get back on your feet and providing assurance that similar accidents will not reoccur. Call Thomas J. Henry Law if you suspect that your injury was the result of negligent practices by your employer.

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What Should I Do After a Workplace Accident?

Under federal and state law, you are guaranteed certain rights as an employee with which your employer must legally comply. What you do after a work injury can be crucial in determining the outcome of a personal injury case.

If you are injured in a work-related accident, the following steps should be taken in order to properly carry out a lawsuit:

  • Report your injuries immediately to your manager or supervisor
  • If your workplace has a union, also contact your union representative
  • For serious injuries, seek medical care immediately
  • Fill out your company’s official injury report form in ink
  • Obtain a copy of the injury report for your own records
  • Keep a written record of the injury as well as your communications with the plant
  • Do not go home until the injury has been reported

Most Common Injuries for Houston Workers

According to data collected from businesses in the Houston area, 41 percent of workplace injuries occur in the services, 18 percent in manufacturing, and 14 percent in the construction industry. Texas Mutual has reported the following as the most common injuries sustained by workers in Houston:

  • Strain, sprain, or other injuries from lifting
  • Cut, puncture, & scrap injuries
  • Falls, slips, or trips

Houston Workplace Death Statistics

Compared to other populous states in the city, Houston currently has the third-highest number of annual work-related fatalities. This marks some improvement since being declared “the most dangerous city for workers”, but there is still plenty of work to do.

The following is a list of the top 5 cities ranked in terms of workplace death per year:

  • New York – 222
  • Los Angeles – 109
  • Houston – 115
  • Chicago – 105
  • Dallas – 93

Hurt on the Job? Talk to Our Workplace Injury Attorneys in Houston Today

Sustaining an injury at work will complicate your life and cause you and your family financial hardships. At Thomas J. Henry Law, our goal is to provide world-class legal representation and take the burden off our clients’ shoulders. Our team of more than 100 attorneys fights diligently on the behalf of each of our hardworking injured clients. Let our Houston work injury lawyers help you navigate the legal process while you focus on the healing process.

Contact us today and speak with an attorney for a free legal consultation. You can give us a call or fill out a contact form on this page and we will reach out to you. Don’t suffer any longer – call today.

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Your Questions Answered

We have straight answers to difficult questions to help you make critical decisions, navigate legal process and help you get justice.

Following an accident, there are always more questions than answers. At Thomas J. Henry, we’re here to answer any questions you have about your injury case.

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, there are a few things you can do to help secure workplace compensation as well as strengthen any claim to additional recoveries you may have. Seek medical attention. First and foremost, you should seek treatment for your injuries. Understanding the extent of your injuries is not only important to make a full recovery, but will also help you gauge how much that recovery is going to cost you. If you do not feel completely comfortable with the company doctor, go to your own physician for a second opinion. Report your injury. Workplace injuries need to be reported in a timely manner. Also, keep your supervisor or manager up-to-date on any subsequent developments. If your doctor has diagnosed an injury that was not immediately evident at the time of your initial report, let your supervisor know. Get a written report of the accident. Your employer must take a report of the accident. You are entitled to a copy as well. Do not let your employer deny you a physical copy of your report for your own records. Identify witnesses. If someone witnessed your accident, get their information. You may need to refer back to their account of the incident later. Take photos. Take photos of the area, including any tools or equipment that may have played a role in the accident. Write an account. You will likely be asked to make statements about your claim multiple times. Having a detailed account that was written while the accident was still fresh in your mind can help keep your statements concise and accurate. Contact an attorney. Even if you plan on going through workers’ compensation, contacting an experienced attorney can help ensure you are receiving a fair amount. Thomas J. Henry offers free consultations to all injured victims. Our attorneys are available 24/7 – seven days a week.
If you fell from scaffolding while on the job, depending on the circumstances under which your accident occurred and whether or not your employer offers worker’s compensation, you may be able to sue your employer or a third party who was involved in your accident.
Roughly 4,836 worker deaths and 2.9 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses are recorded in the United States every year. Among the most common causes of death and injury in the workplace are falls, slips, and trips. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that falls, slips and trips result in 16.5% of all recorded fatal workplace injuries. This makes falls the second most common cause of death in the workplace, exceeded only by transportation accidents. Additionally, fall protection and Scaffolding are consistently among the top three most frequently cited standards by Federal OSHA.
The Legal Information Institute defines negligence as a failure to behave with the level of care that a reasonable person would have exercised under the same circumstances. While the behavior in question usually consists of actions, it can also consist of omissions when there is some duty to act. When attempting to ascertain whether a person’s conduct or behavior lacked reasonable care, lawyers will consider the four elements that are required to establish a prima facie case (a legally required rebuttable presumption). The elements are:
  • The existence of a legal duty that the defendant owed to the plaintiff
  • The defendant’s breach of that duty
  • The plaintiff’s sufferance of an injury
  • Proof that the defendant’s breach caused the plaintiff’s injury
When it comes to a construction site, your employer, contractor, and co-workers owe you a general duty of care and must conduct themselves reasonably and prudently. This duty of care can also extend to the owners of the property that is under construction, any transportation companies responsible for transporting materials to the site, as well as the manufacturers of machinery and products being used in the construction project. If any of these parties acted in a way that contributed to your injuries, you may have a negligence case.
When working to determine whether negligence resulted in your accident and injuries, your attorney will often apply what is commonly called the “but-for” test. In a statement, that would be “but for the actions of the defendant, my client would not have suffered his injuries.” If the statement is true, your attorney will have established cause-in-fact or “actual cause.” This is then strengthened through investigation, the gathering of evidence, and interviewing witnesses. Your attorney may also incorporate the help of expert witnesses to help prove negligence and discover if the actions of the defendant violated federal or state regulations. Expert witnesses often used in Texas construction accident cases include:
  • OSHA consultants
  • Accident reconstructionists
  • Welding experts
  • Confined space permit experts
  • Engineering experts
  • Safety equipment experts
  • Occupational and environmental health experts
  • Hazardous chemical experts
  • Process safety management experts
These experts can provide detailed information about a construction accident. Because of the experts Thomas J. Henry uses, we can bring in information that many other law firms lack. We use a multitude of expert witnesses, putting you in the best position possible to achieve the compensation they deserve.
Generally, a construction site will have several different contractors and employers on-site at any given time. Because of this, it can sometimes be difficult to determine who is liable for your injuries. This is why it is a good idea to get in contact with an experienced construction accident attorney. Not only can an attorney help identify all the entities responsible for your accident and injuries, but they can also help you recover compensation from the entities even if your employer has already begun paying out workers’ compensation. Some instances in which liability may go beyond your employer are:
  • A commercial vehicle operator striking scaffolding, causing fall injuries.
  • Electrocution that occurred at an apartment complex with poorly maintained wires.
  • Injuries caused by a construction worker being exposed to asbestos at a job site.
  • Injuries caused by a defective piece of machinery or equipment.
  • Injuries caused by a co-worker who acted negligently while under the influence of a narcotic or alcohol.

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