Houston Industrial Accident Lawyer
If your life was altered due to an industrial accident, you may be worried about how you are going to pick up the pieces. Experienced Houston industrial accident lawyer Hector Longoria can help you get the compensation that you deserve. Please call our office for a free consultation.
Industrial Accident Injuries in Houston, Texas
Industrial work is dangerous, yet necessary to run society as we know it today. No one understands this more than the Houston law firm of Hector Longoria PC, which deals with clients from Houston, Texas, which is one of the more successful modern industrial centers of the United States.
Working in a warehouse, on a construction site, at a chemical plant or at an oil refinery can sometimes lead to a worker experiencing devastating injuries or even death. Most of the time, the workers stay safe, thanks to a network of state and federal laws, as well as company policies aimed to protect the workers. But sometimes accidents happen or workers may be exposed to risks that no one yet knows about or understands. Other times, companies simply don’t care if their workers get hurt or sick. And on a few unfortunate occasions, a company decides that it’s simply cheaper to replace an injured or dead worker rather than keep an existing worker safe.
Regardless of the employer’s culpability with respect to a worker’s injury, the worker is now injured and out of work. At best, the injuries are minor and fully covered by insurance, with a minimal or drop in income for the worker and his or her family during recovery. In other situations, the injuries are far more serious, such as life threatening cancer due to exposure to toxins or chemicals or severe injury as a result of a scaffolding collapse, explosion or defective work equipment.
Hector Longoria is a Houston industrial accident lawyer that understand how horrible these workplace injuries can be and what physical and psychological effect they can have not on the worker, but his or her family. He also knows what kind of roadblocks companies and insurance companies can put up to prevent a worker from getting what he or she deserves. He is ready to help any industrial worker who has been hurt on the job and whose employer has failed to provide the required protection and compensation the industrial worker is legally entitled to.
What Kind of Industrial Accidents Are Possible?
Basically, if the laws of physics allow for it, it can happen. Some of the more common accidents that can occur in the industrial setting include:
- Falling objects, materials or equipment.
- Structural collapse, such as with scaffolding or in a warehouse.
- The slow or catastrophic release of chemicals or toxins.
What Causes an Industrial Accident?
Industrial accidents can have a single or multiple causes. Sometimes these cannot be controlled and are simply random occurrences. But often, they are the result of someone’s carelessness or negligence. And on occasion, they occur due to the malicious actions of others. Industrial accidents have occurred as a result of:
- Industrial pollution.
- Equipment malfunction.
- Failure of safety equipment.
- Horseplay in the workplace.
- Inclement weather.
- Inadequate safety rules and policies.
Sadly, many of these industrial accidents (as well as others not listed) are the result of someone not doing what they were supposed to do.
What Kind of Injuries Are Possible in an Industrial Workplace?
Industrial accidents can occur almost anywhere, like an oil rig, a road, a refinery, a factory, a ship or a construction site. But no matter where they take or what causes the accident, industrial workers can experience any type of injury imaginable, including:
- Loss of body parts.
- Electrical, chemical or fire burns.
- Serious illness, such as cancer.
- Broken bones.
- Loss of one’s senses, such as sight or hearing.
- Back injuries.
What Sort of Compensation Is Available to an Injured Industrial Worker?
The first line of recovery lies with workers’ compensation. Regardless of who is responsible for causing the injury, workers’ compensation allows the industrial worker to receive the necessary medical care to recover. This is paid for by the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. If the worker has to miss work, they may also receive loss of income payments until they can return to work.
While many workplace accidents limit the industrial worker to only workers’ compensation payments, additional legal compensation may be possible through civil litigation and suing the party responsible for causing the injury. However, a consultation with a Houston industrial accident lawyer is critical for making this determination. And even if an individual is limited to just workers’ compensation payments, insurance companies and employers are notorious for withholding benefits from workers or retaliating against them for filing a workers’ compensation claim. This often requires the worker to hire an attorney to help get the full workers’ compensation they deserve or take advantage of the available legal recourse for any retaliation.
Do You Need to Speak with a Houston Industrial Accident Lawyer?
Call Hector today at 713-929-3996 (Houston) or 1-844-357-6337 (toll-free) for a free consultation. If you are hurt in an industrial accident, he will make sure your rights are protected and that you receive everything you’re entitled to under the law.
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