Injured at work in Texas?
Our attorneys can help you take action
When you've been hurt on the job, it can be overwhelming. You're faced with medical bills, but your injury leaves you unable to earn a living. You probably have a lot of questions. How will you pay for your medical care? How will you make ends meet while you can't work? The Texas workplace injury attorneys at Tracey & Fox can help.
If negligence led to your injury, we can take action to hold the negligent party responsible and help you seek financial compensation. Our firm has helped many clients who have hurt in the workplace, as well as family members who have lost a loved one in workplace accidents. Here are just a few of the results we've been able to get for clients:
Settlement for family of worker killed in an oilfield accident
Settlement for surviving family members of worker killed in a truck accident
Settlement for family of a worker killed on the job
Employers in Texas are not required to carry workers' compensation insurance - companies that choose not to are called "nonsubscribers," and they can be held liable for on-the-job injuries. Your employer may have other insurance, but it may not cover all the expenses related to your injury. An attorney can establish that an employer's negligence caused your injury and help you recover the compensation you are owed. You may also be able to file a claim if your injury was caused by the negligence of a third party, such as a contractor.
- Heat Exhaustion
- Falls From Heights
- Chemical Exposure
- Construction Site Injuries
- Explosion Accidents
- Industrial Machinery Injuries
- Railroad Accidents
- Maritime Injuries
The value of your claim will depend on the details of your case. But in general, people injured at the workplace due to negligence can seek damages for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning ability, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other damages.
We take the time to build a strong case to give you the best chance of getting the maximum compensation for your injury. Don't worry about whether or not you can afford it. We cover all the expenses for your case. You pay us nothing unless we win.
Texas gets hot. Workers at jobs that require working outdoors or with sources of heat are at special risk for injuries. These include construction workers, roofers, oil rig workers, miners, farm workers, kitchen workers and foundry workers. Exposure to high temperatures takes a significant toll on the human body and can lead to injury or even death.
Heat exhaustion is caused by the loss of fluids and salt through sweating. Initial symptoms can include headache, dizziness, weakness, confusion, irritability, feeling sick to stomach, vomiting and light-headedness. If nothing is done, it progresses to heat stress, and a worker could collapse or suffer a seizure.
Employers are required by law to provide a safe workplace. When they fail to take steps to protect employees from heat exhaustion, they could be found negligent in a workplace injury claim. Our Texas attorneys take a tough stance in such cases and fight for workers' rights.
Employees who work high above the ground are always at risk of falling. These include construction workers, painters, roofers, carpenters and window washers. Some of these workers use ladders, others use scaffolding.
A fall can cause serious injuries. Such injuries can include broken bones, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. The higher up a worker goes, the more serious the injuries can be.
There are federal safety standards for the use of ladders and scaffolding at a workplace. But those standards are not always followed. Scaffolding can also be assembled incorrectly. And both ladders and scaffolding can have defective parts.
This is a type of cancer that is related to asbestos exposure. It commonly affects the lining of the lungs and chest wall. When asbestos fibers are breathed in, a person can develop mesothelioma years later.
There is no cure for mesothelioma, but it can be treated with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and experimental therapies. Because it is usually detected long after a person develops mesothelioma, it can be fatal within a short time.
Workers at oil refineries, chemical plants and foundries may have been exposed to asbestos. Construction workers, asbestos removal workers and industrial maintenance workers may also be at risk. An employer may be found negligent if proper safety procedures are not followed.
Oil refineries, chemical plants, industrial plants, pesticide manufacturers and printing companies are all workplaces where employees often work with chemicals. When proper precautions are taken, employees are usually safe. But negligence can put them at risk of chemical exposure.
Chemical exposure can cause many different injuries, depending on the type and length of exposure. Some injuries are minor, such as headaches, fatigue and eye irritation. Others are much more serious, including breathing problems and burns. Long-term exposure could cause cancer, anemia or birth defects.
Employers are required to take steps to prevent employee exposure to dangerous chemicals. But some are negligent in doing so - for example, by failing to provide appropriate training or equipment. This exposes their workers to dangerous chemicals and puts them at risk of developing injuries.
Construction work is dangerous. Employees regularly work with heavy machinery, hazardous materials and power tools. They install brick, concrete, steel beams and lumber - all while they are high above the ground, either on ladders or scaffolding. We handle cases involving all of the following injuries:
- Crane Accidents
- Forklift Accidents
- Heavy Machinery Accidents
- Ladder Fall Accidents
- Scaffold Accidents
- Slip, Trip and Falls at Construction Sites
There are a wide range of injuries that construction workers can suffer on the job. They include sprains and strains, cuts, broken bones, burns and electrocution. More serious injuries include spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. A worker can be permanently disfigured or disabled.
Construction site injuries are often caused by negligence by their employers, other workers, product manufacturers or third parties such as contractors. For example, an employer may not have followed proper safety protocols. Or a crane could have malfunctioned because of a defective part. Whatever the cause of your construction accident, we can help.
Workplace accidents involving explosions can be some of the deadliest of all accidents. You may have sustained burns or been injured by shrapnel. Explosions can cause victims to lose limbs and inflict loss of sight, loss of hearing and other disabilities. You may have even lost a loved one in an explosion.
Whether you were injured in an explosion on a construction side, an oil or gas facility or any other workplace, you have the right to pursue full and fair compensation for your injuries. That may involve pursuing legal action against the manufacturer of the equipment that exploded or a person or company that was responsible for maintenance. Our experienced explosion injury attorneys will review all of the circumstances surrounding your injury and fight for the compensation you need.
Employees at industrial workplaces may work with machines such as CNC lathes, punch presses or table saws. These are powerful machines that can be very efficient. But when negligence is thrown into the mix, they can cause very serious injuries.
Workers injured by industrial machines can suffer deep cuts or a crushed or amputated finger, hand or arm. An accident could also result in burns, eye injuries and severe neck and back injuries. In some cases, a worker could suffer a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury.
These accidents usually happen because of negligence. This can include an employer's failure to provide proper training, lack of safety procedures or safety equipment. The accident could have also been caused by a defective part in the machine.
Railroad workers keep the trains running and the tracks maintained. But it's dangerous work. Locomotives can weigh over 100 tons, and even empty rail cars can weigh 30 tons. When those locomotives are in motion and something goes wrong, an accident can happen and workers can get hurt.
Accidents could be caused by equipment failure, track defects or not following safety procedures. Injuries can include back and neck injuries, burns, crushed or amputated limbs, broken bones, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury.
Railroad workers are covered by the Federal Employee's Liability Act (FELA), which provides benefits for job-related injuries. But if an employer was negligent, the worker can still sue for damages. Negligence can include failing to provide safety training, safety equipment or adequate supervision. It can also include requiring employees to work long hours due to unreasonable deadlines.
There are thousands of maritime workers in Texas, many of them based in the Houston area. In general, these types of jobs are hazardous. Negligence-such as poor training, failing to make repairs or failing to give workers breaks-can lead to an accident.
Accidents that are common among maritime workers include slips and falls, being hit by falling or swinging objects, fishing accidents and diving accidents. They can cause a wide range of injuries, including broken bones, repetitive motion injuries, back injuries, burns, amputated limbs, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
Maritime workers hurt at sea while aboard a ship, boat, barge or certain types or oil rigs are eligible for compensation under a federal law called the Jones Act. But they must prove negligence. Other maritime workers may be able to recover compensation under the federal Longshore and Harbormen's Act. It's not necessary to prove negligence under this act, but legal action can be taken if a third party's negligence caused the accident. Learn more about your legal rights if you've been injured in a maritime accident. Contact Tracey & Fox.