This post concludes and recaps our series on the handling of workplace injury cases in Fort Worth and elsewhere in Texas. We felt it necessary to write on this topic because many employees are unsure as to how they should proceed after an injury on the job. It is important in such situations that one take immediate steps to protect their rights. The goal of our last several posts has been to provide information which will help people understand their legal situation better. We have also tried to provide facts which will assist victims in making an informed decision when they are selecting a personal injury attorney. If you suffered an injury due to the fault of a third-party or a “non-subscribing” employer, then it is crucial that you contact a lawyer immediately.
We have addressed several topics over our recent articles. Issues which we have analyzed include:
- The liability of “non-subscribing” Texas employers
- How third-parties may be liable for a worker’s injuries
- The need for expert witnesses in workplace accident cases
- Determining damages after a workplace injury
- Attending trial after being hurt on the job
There are several reasons why local workplace accident victims must understand these topics. First, many Texas employers do not participate in the worker’s compensation system. These “non-subscribing” employers may be sued directly after an accident. Second, even if an employer subscribes to worker’s compensation, liability may attach to a responsible third-party. An example of this would be the manufacturer of a defective piece of equipment. Third, expert witnesses are often necessary to establish whether the employer was providing a safe work environment. Fourth, damages will include future losses as well as those incurred to date. Finally, knowing what to expect from the trial process will help to ensure that the matter proceeds as smoothly as possible.
One point we have stressed throughout these articles is that those injured in Fort Worth, Dallas, or elsewhere in Texas should contact an experienced attorney who is in handling such matters. By retaining experienced counsel, you help to make sure that no issues go unaddressed and that the nuances of the laws are understood. It also helps if the firm you retain has an in-house investigator while having the support staff needed to devote time to your case. When interviewing lawyers, it is best to ask if their firm has these resources.