Workplace Injury Attorney
About one-third of our lives are spent at work. With that time invested, it’s reasonable to assume that an employer would want to keep you safe. But that doesn’t always happen. Our workplace injury lawyers in Waco are experienced and compassionate about these injuries.
A worker gets hurt every seven seconds. Some workplaces have a higher likelihood of injuries than others. Workers in construction, manufacturing, and transportation are injured most often in the Waco area.
Workplace accidents occur when companies inadequately inspect work sites, provide inadequate safety programs and equipment, or inadequately supervise the site. Workers also get hurt on the job when the employer negligently hired, retained, trained, or supervised other workers. Sometimes, a defective product, such as a poorly designed machine is involved. Contractors and product manufacturers may be liable for such injuries.
What can I do if I’ve been hurt at work?
If you’ve been hurt on the job in Waco, you can accept the worker’s compensation benefits if your employer has coverage and accept the limits in place by the worker’s compensation system. But if your employer does not have worker’s compensation coverage, then you may file a lawsuit against the employer for all past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment, disfigurement, and other possible damages with a workplace injury attorney. You may also sue others that contributed to your injury. Many of the most severe risks that workers face on the job are posed by third parties—meaning, companies or individuals other than you or your employer.
What Types of Accidents Lead to Workplace Injuries?
Career-ending injuries don’t just stem from day-to-day tasks on the job. The National Safety Council advises that overexertion is the leading cause of all workplace injuries. Overexertion occurs when repetitive actions lead to severe long-term conditions. Those conditions often include back injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome. Also, overexertion can happen when lifting or lowering something substantial just one time.
Workplace injuries and deaths occur from slip and fall accidents. Working on roofs, ladders, or scaffolding can be a dangerous place. And often workers are high from the ground. So a slip and fall can have a life-altering injury.
Equipment-related accidents are also one of the most common causes of workplace injuries. Being struck by or against an object or being caught in or between objects or equipment can have dire consequences for a worker. These accidents typically occur when a worker operates or works near heavy machinery.
Injuries can happen in several ways in the workplace. Equipment malfunctions or other safety failures can result in catastrophic injuries. Workplace injuries can also include exposure to dangerous chemicals. Our team of experienced workplace injury lawyers in Waco handle cases including:
- Back injuries and other lifting accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Gas explosions
- Farm and ranch accidents
- Foodservice injuries like burns and kitchen slip-and-fall accidents
- Health care worker injuries
- Industrial and manufacturing injuries
- Oilfield accidents (fires, explosions, oil well blowouts, equipment failure, etc.)
- General workplace injury in the office or warehouse
Waco workers who have been hurt on the job can be caused by one event or extended exposure to certain chemicals. Other types of workplace accidents include:
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Heat exposure
- Workplace explosions
- Exposure to electricity
- Workplace violence
If your employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance and your employer is at fault for your accident. You can sue your employer directly with the help of a workplace injury attorney. If the accident by which you are injured occurs as a result of a third party and that party is not your employer, then you can sue the third party. You may sue third parties for personal injury damages while pursuing a workers’ compensation claim against your employer. Personal accident or injury claims against third parties will typically permit the recovery of more significant damages, but they require proving fault. If you or a loved one has contracted a work-related illness or has been injured in a work-related accident, contact the workplace injury lawyers at Dunnam & Dunnam to speak about your potential claim.
When You Need a Workplace Accident Attorney
To push back against the powerful insurance companies, you need an aggressive workplace injury attorney. The most common times when someone should consult with an attorney after they’ve been hurt on the job in Waco include if:
- A workers compensation claim is denied
- Your medical condition prevents you from returning to work
- You receive or plan to apply for social security disability benefits
- Your employer retaliates or discriminates against you
- If a third party injured you and your employer engaged in severe misconduct so you can pursue a workplace injury claim and also a civil suit against a third party
- If you want to maximize your benefits and compensation
Results in Personal Injury Matters
- $27 million settlement in matter involving the close head injury of a two-week-old child. Read about this case as reported by the Waco Tribune Herald, KCEN-TV, Meat & Poultry Magazine and Topverdict.com.
- $15 million settlement reported in matter involving the injuries of an ATF agent in the Branch Davidian raid. Read about this case on Justia.com.
- $1.5 million settlement reported for the injuries caused by a straw purchase of a gun at a pawn shop. Read about this case as reported by the Waco Tribune Herald, and MoreLaw.com.
- $800 thousand verdict for motorcycle driver with broken femur involved in collision with a car.
We are proud of our results reported above, but please note that prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Each matter depends on the facts of the case.
What type of workplace injuries happen in Waco?
You likely have a lot of questions about your personal injury matter before you can talk to a lawyer. While you wait for a free consultation, you can read answers to many of your frequently asked questions about personal injury claims.
Our Waco personal injury law firm has handled many types of catastrophic injuries, including:
- Back injury
- Brain injuries
- Burn injury
- Fatal accidents
- Hearing Loss Injury
- Neck Pain
- Paralysis injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Shoulder injury
Our Waco personal injury lawyers can help you after a workplace accident. We will fight to get you the maximum compensation and benefits you deserve. Call Dunnam & Dunnam at 254-753-6437 for a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer like one of the below listed attorneys.
Carolina G. Truesdale graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law, Cum Laude.Read More
Eleeza's practice areas include: Personal Injury Law, Civil Trial Law, Commercial Law, Family Law and Pharmaceutical Law.Read More
Gerald R. Villarrial has practiced family law, criminal law and civil litigation for over 20 years.Read More
Jim Dunnam is a Board Certified Specialist in both Civil Trial Law and Family Law.Read More
Mason Dunnam is the fourth generation of Dunnam attorneys at the firm since 1925Read More