A few weeks ago, a celebrity (who wishes to remain anonymous) came into my office. She told me that she got hurt at work work work work work and wanted to know her options.
1) Workers' Comp May Be Your Only Option
If you are hurt at work in a work related accident, workers comp. may be your only option. In Texas, if you are hurt on the job, you cannot sue your employer if your employer carries workers' compensation.
So for instance, if you worked at the pool and fall while carrying an umbrella, ella, ella, eh, eh, eh, you can't sue your boss if they offer you workers' comp.
2) Your Employer Doesn't Carry Workers' Comp.
The state of Texas really wants employers to provide their employees with workers' compensation. If an employer doesn't carry workers' comp, Texas makes it very easy for you to sue your boss.
These are called non-subscriber cases. If you get hurt on the job and your boss wants to be a desperado who doesn't carry workers' comp., your boss may be liable for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, etc. If your employer is 1% responsible for your injury, you may have a claim.
3) You Were Hurt By a "Third Party"
If you are on the job and get hurt by someone who isn't with your company, you can sue the "third party". Workers' comp is no longer your only option.
Let's say that you are on the job and some rude boy hits you with a forklift. As it turns out, he works for a different company. Now you have a good claim against the other driver and the other company.
4) You Were Hurt By a Defective Product
If you are at work and hurt yourself on an unsafe product, you may have a products liability claim against the manufacturer of that product.
For instance, if you are using a saw that turns out to be a lemon, and you hurt yourself because there is a defect, you may have a products liability claim.
If you get hurt hurt hurt hurt hurt at work work work work work, call Firouzbakht Law Firm. We'll let you know if your case shines bright like a diamond.
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