Work Injuries

The Law Office of Jorge Luis Rivas, Jr. is dedicated to helping individuals who have been injured, or have died on the job. Even if your employer has workers' compensation insurance, you can still hire a lawyer if you are injured while working. On the job injuries or accidents can happen and can be life-changing. We fight to make sure you obtain all of the benefits you deserve. Contact us today if you have any questions.

Common types of workplace-related accidents include:

Construction industry accidents:

  • • Forklift accidents
  • • Scaffolding accidents
  • • Crane accidents
  • • Electrocutions
  • • Falls
  • • Job site vehicle collisions
  • • Trench or excavation accidents
  • • Heavy equipment and machinery accidents
Manufacturing industry accidents:

  • • Machine malfunction accidents
  • • Caught in machinery accidents
  • • Loading dock and warehouse accidents
  • • Forklift accidents
  • • Electrocutions
  • • Exposure to dangerous chemicals or hazardous materials
  • • Heavy equipment and machinery accidents
Refinery, Oil, and gas industry accidents:

  • • Fires
  • • Explosions
  • • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • • Equipment injuries
  • • Defective equipment or machinery
Texas does not bind employers to carry workers compensation insurance. However, they must provide a safe working environment and provide you with the necessary and correct personal protective equipment and tools to safely perform your job. The employer must follow all OSHA regulations related to their industry and provide all employees with the proper training to safely complete the job. Workers' compensation laws exist to protect people who become injured, ill, disabled or die. These laws exist to compensate you and your family for missing time from work due to the injury or illness and to cover any medical treatment, therapy, rehabilitation, and medication you may need. If your employer does not have workers' compensation insurance, you can generally file a lawsuit against your employer.

How can an injury lawyer help me if I am injured at work?

A work injury lawyer can help you with any of the following:

  • • Denied claim- If your injury was reported immediately to your employer, or a workers' compensation claim was denied, we can investigate and get your case back on track.

  • • Dispute your disability rating based on the type of impairment.

  • • Trouble getting the medical treatment you need - If you reported the injury to your employer in a timely manner and they failed to provide you with the necessary medical attention required, we can utilize medical experts that can fight for the treatment you need.

  • • Assistance in a workers compensation hearing - If you have a workers comp hearing scheduled and are nervous or need someone to represent you, we
       can help.

Workers' Compensation Benefits can include:

  • • Income benefits- Workers' compensation may pay you a percentage of your pay while recuperating from your injury or illness.

  • • Medical benefits- Workers' compensation covers any medical treatment, medication, or therapy related to your workplace illness or injury.

  • • Death benefits- If you lost a loved one in a work-related fatality, you could be entitled to death benefits.

  • • Burial benefits- If you lost a loved one in a work-related fatality, you may also be entitled to burial benefits to cover the funeral expenses.