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Workplace Injuries

You may not be able to predict an accident that occurs on the job. This does not mean, however, that you cannot prepare for one. Knowing what steps to take if an injury on the job occurs can prepare you in case the worst happens. In Texas, injured workers must follow a certain protocol to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

  • Report the injury. 
  • Notifying your employer is the first step to filing a claim.
  • Report the injury and accident to your employer as soon as possible for a valid claim. 
  • Go to the right doctor. 
  • Document your accident. Keep copies of your original accident report and medical documents. 
  • Obtain statements from anyone who witnessed the accident. 
  • Take photographs of the scene of the accident and your injuries. Documenting your accident can help you build a strong claim for damages.
  • File an injury claim. 

Once you notify your employer of your accident, he or she should provide you with the form to report your injury. Fill out this form and return it to your employer. Your doctor will also need to fill out a form to send to your employer. Your employer should submit these forms to the company’s insurer for processing. 

Before you accept a settlement for your workplace injury, speak to an attorney about your rights. It may surprise you to find that the settlement offered undervalues the true value of your injuries and damages. A lawyer can help you negotiate with an insurance company for maximum workers’ compensation.

When in doubt, contact a lawyer right away after an injury on the job. The Law Office of Emilio Flores can guide you through each phase of a workers’ compensation claim or injury lawsuit in Texas. Your lawyer will make sure you do not make a misstep or a common mistake, such as missing your deadline to file. Hiring a lawyer from the beginning can make the overall claims process easier, allowing you to focus on your physical and emotional recovery.

Let us help you.