Houston Work Injury Attorney

Morrow & Sheppard LLP is privileged to assist persons who are injured in the workplace. After suffering a severe injury in the Texas workplace, one of the best things you can do is contact a seasoned Houston work injury attorney immediately following your accident. He or she will discuss your legal rights before they are jeopardized by an employer or insurance company.

Recovery Beyond Workers’ Compensation

Workplace safety is a serious issue, and one that does not always receive the attention it deserves. Every day, millions of Americans go to work to provide for their families. They rightfully expect that a safe work environment will be provided by their employers. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and serious work injuries occur all too often. The road to recovery for an injured employee or contractor can be long and difficult.

Many employees are under the false impression that if they are injured at work, they are entitled to recover only workers’ compensation benefits from their employer. That is simply not the case and in many instances, an injured worker is entitled to compensation from several other avenues, including other responsible companies and product manufacturers. Therefore, it is very important that every workplace injury be analyzed individually to ensure all that all responsible parties are held accountable and to ensure that the injured party makes a full recovery.

Depending on the circumstances, an injured employee may have the right to hire a Houston personal injury attorney and sue for damages outside workers’ compensation, including in the following situations:

  • If the employee is injured by the decisions or conduct of a third-party, including the owner of the premises where a contractor is working, that third-party may be liable
  • If the employee’s employer does not carry workers’ compensation insurance
  • If the employer’s wrongful conduct was intentional
  • If the employee was injured by a defective product or defective equipment, the manufacturer of that product or equipment may be liable
  • If the employee was exposed to a toxic substance, the manufacturer of that substance may be liable

Common Causes of Workplace Accidents in Texas

Unfortunately, workplace accidents happen every day. Many are serious accidents. In 2013, 4,405 people were killed on the job according to the federal Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA). An industry that is particularly susceptible to workplace injuries is the construction industry, which accounts for one of five workplace injuries. Of the 4,405 workplace fatalities, common causes were:

  • Transportation incidents;
  • Slip, trip, and fall accidents;
  • Exposure to harmful substances or environments;
  • Fires and explosions; and
  • Contact with dangerous objects and equipment.

Most-Cited OSHA Workplace Violations

In addition to fatalities, in 2013 private industry employers reported 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses. The most-cited OSHA workplace violations from October 1, 2013, through September 39, 2014, were:

  • Inadequate fall protection
  • Inadequate communication of hazards
  • Scaffolding violations
  • Respiratory protection violations
  • Industrial truck regulation violations
  • Hazardous energy violations
  • Ladder violations
  • Electrical / wiring violations
  • Machinery and machine guarding violations
  • Defects in electrical design

Consult a Local Houston Work Injury Attorney Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Texas workplace accident, an attorney at Morrow & Sheppard LLP can help. Please call our office at (713) 489-1206 or contact us online to schedule a free, confidential consultation with an experienced work injury lawyer in Houston, TX.

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