Protecting Your Rights After A Workplace Accident

Injured workers often think that workers' compensation is their only option for covering medical treatment and lost wages. In many cases, however, on-the-job accident victims may be able to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. If you have been hurt at work or while performing work duties, it is important that you consider this option, as a personal injury claim may allow you to recover more money than a workers' comp claim.

At the Smith Law Firm, we have more than 70 years of combined experience representing people in Orange and throughout Texas injured in workplace accidents, including:

Is It A Personal Injury Claim Or A Workers' Compensation Claim?

You can file a personal injury claim if the work injuries were suffered due to the negligence of a third party or, in other words, a party other than your employer.

These types of situations are common on construction sites, where there may be many subcontractors and contractors working side-by-side. An employee working under one contractor may act negligently, causing injury to a person working under a different contractor. The victim would then be able to pursue a personal injury claim.

Personal injury claims may also be filed in construction, refinery, factory and other workplace accidents in which a defective piece of equipment is to blame for the injuries. In these cases, a product liability claim can be pursued against the product's manufacturer. This is common in cases involving defective power tools, defective punch presses and more.

Personal injury claims are also appropriate in on-the-job auto accident cases. Truck drivers, delivery drivers, pizza delivery drivers and others who drive for a living or who do any of their work on the road may be able to file a personal injury claim against the negligent driver who caused the accident, rather than or in addition to filing a workers' compensation claim.

As board-certified attorneys in personal injury trial law in Texas, we know how to protect your rights and explore the options that may be available to hold a third party liable for your injuries. We can determine whether you have a personal injury claim, and we can pursue that course of action on your behalf. In addition, we can work with your workers' compensation attorney if necessary, if your case merits both types of claims.

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Your Needs Come First

Our lawyers provide personalized service and pay attention to your specific needs to help you find the best outcome in your case. In many of these cases, dangerous property conditions or unsafe equipment provided by a third party contributed to the accident and could have been prevented. We will investigate the cause of your injuries to determine if negligence contributed to the accident and who can be held liable.

Personal injury cases are our specialty. The Smith Law Firm knows what steps to take during this entire process to help you find the best road to recovery after suffering an injury. If you have been injured on the job, we will work hard to protect your rights and make sure all avenues for potential compensation are explored.

Learn More In A Free Workplace Accident Consultation

We are ready to take action and help you pursue the money you need. To schedule your free initial consultation, please call us at 409-233-7005 or send us an email. All claims are handled on a contingent fee basis, which means you are under no obligation to pay us unless we are successful in recovering compensation for you.