What Are My Options If I’m Injured at Work?
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In Texas, obtaining workers’ comp benefits is a complicated process that, if done incorrectly, can affect your ability to be fully compensated for all of your injuries and lost wages and prevent you from accessing the best doctors and healthcare providers for medical care.
Texas law only provides the injured worker (or the family members of a worker who was tragically killed on the job) with a short period of time to file a workers’ compensation claim—which prevents the injured worker from choosing their own doctor and prevents them from recovering their full lost wages—and a separate personal injury lawsuit against any companies that caused the accident.
The Difference Between Workers Comp and a Personal Injury Lawsuit
When you file a worker’s compensation claim in Texas, not only are you required to treat with a doctor chosen by the company (i.e., your employer), but your weekly benefits—which your employer will do everything possible to reduce—will be substantially less than if you recovered damages for all of your injuries and financial losses through a personal injury lawsuit against your company OR any other responsible parties.
Unlike workers’s comp, a personal injury lawsuit allows you the best chance of making a full physical and financial recovery because—in addition to enabling you to chose your own doctors for treatment—you’re able to recover all of your damages—including all past and future “economic damages,” such as medical expenses and lost wages—as well as any “non-economic damages,” like pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment, physical disfigurement and, in some cases, punitive damages.
Understanding Workers Compensation Benefits
Workers Compensation is a type of insurance that provides limited benefits for workers after an injury on the job. These limited benefits are supposed to cover certain medical expenses and a percentage of the worker’s prior wages or salary.
Unfortunately, Workers Comp coverage limits you to doctors selected by (and loyal to) your company and NEVER fully compensates you for your injuries, full medical expenses, and lost wages.
Often, the only way to receive FULL compensation for your injuries and damages is by hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer and filing a personal injury lawsuit. Otherwise, your company will control the doctors you’re able to see, pay you pennies on the dollar for your lost wages, and refuse to compensate you for your future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, physical disfigurement, and other non-economic damages.
The Downside of Receiving Workers Compensation Benefits
When you’re injured on the job, accepting workers’ compensation benefits will prevent you from seeing the best doctors and recovering the medical expenses, lost wages and other damages that you’d otherwise be entitled to recover through a personal injury lawsuit.
Additionally, accepting Workers Comp benefits can make it difficult or impossible to recover your full damages from your employer.
As a result, an injured worker’s best option is often to hire a personal injury attorney and file a lawsuit directly against their employer and any other third parties or individuals that contributed to or caused the worker’s injuries and losses.
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What are My Options if I’ve Been Injured at Work?
Injured workers typically have the following options after a work-related accident:
- Accept Workers’ Compensation benefits from their employer, which prevents the injured worker from filing a lawsuit against or recovering any damages from their employer
- File a lawsuit against their employer (assuming the employer does not provide Workers’ Compensation coverage) to recover all past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, physical impairment, and any other damages they are legally entitled to
- Accept Workers Compensation benefits from their employer, but file a lawsuit against any other third parties/companies that caused or contributed to the accident
What Types of Damages Can I Recover in a Lawsuit?
Injured workers are typically entitled to the following damages:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Past and future mental anguish
- Past and future physical impairment and disfigurement
- Punitive damages in cases involved fatal accidents and egregious safety violations
Why Were My Workers Compensation Benefits Denied?
Only injuries that occurred during the course and scope of an employee’s job are eligible for workers comp benefits. Additionally, if a worker is found to be in anyway responsible for the accident or their injuries, their comp claims will often be denied.
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