McAllen Work Injury Lawyer
If you were injured on the job, you may believe that you do not need an attorney. You believe workers’ compensation will take care of your lost wages and medical bills. Although injured employees are supposed to be able to collect from workers’ compensation without having to prove their employer was negligent, and the employer cannot turn around and say the employee negligently caused his or her own accident, there are problems that may arise.
At the McAllen Law Office of Eric Ramos, we are concerned about the number of injured workers who have difficulty obtaining the compensation to which they are legally entitled. If you have any problems or questions, you can contact us for a free consultation.
Issues that May Affect Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
There are some issues that may arise that affect your workers’ compensation claim and interfere with your collection of benefits. A few examples are:
1) Your employer argues that your injury was not work-related.
2) Your employer or insurer argues that you did not comply with reporting requirements so are not eligible for benefits.
3) You discover your employer does not have a valid workers’ compensation policy.
At the McAllen Law Office of Eric Ramos, we can help with your workers’ compensation claim to prove that your injury was work-related and that you either did comply with reporting requirements, or fall into an exception for meeting established deadlines.
If your employer does not have a valid workers’ compensation policy, you may then need to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages the same way you would against any other negligent party responsible for an injury you received in any other way.
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Third Party Lawsuits: Workers’ Compensation May Not Be Your Sole Remedy
Although workers’ compensation is designed to be your sole remedy for a work-related injury accident, if the negligence of a third-party caused your accident, you may sue the negligent party. The most common example given for this is if you are driving for work and are hit by another driver, you can sue that driver for your injuries in addition to collecting your workers’ compensation benefits.
If a defective tool used at work breaks and causes your injuries, or if a defective aerosol can explodes and you are injured, you can sue the manufacturer of any defective product for compensation.
Under workers’ compensation, you only receive compensation for your medical bills and a percentage of your lost wages. In third party lawsuits, you can collect for all of your lost wages, pain and suffering, and perhaps other damages specific to your injury.
Most Common Work-Related Injury Cases Handled by our Office
At the McAllen Law Office of Eric Ramos, we handle all types of work-related injuries. Some of the most common ones that occur are:
- Car accidents.
- Elevator accidents.
- Environmental diseases.
- Slip and trip injuries.
- Forklift and loading dock accidents.
- Scaffolding accidents.
- Lifting injuries.
- Ladder accidents.
We investigate all the circumstances of the case and determine if there is anyone at fault other than your employer that may be held accountable via a third party lawsuit. We ensure that all negligent parties responsible for your injury are held accountable.
Third Parties Who May Be Responsible for Your Injury
Any of the following may be responsible for your injury if they were negligent and it was that negligence that caused your accident.
- Any contractor or subcontractor who was not your employer.
- The manufacturer of a defective product.
- A negligent vehicle driver. If the driver was driving for work, his or her employer may be vicariously liable for your injuries.
- A commercial landlord or owner of the property where the accident occurred.
- A service provider, like an elevator repair or plumbing repair company for example.
Contact Us at the McAllen Law Office of Eric Ramos
At the McAllen Law Office of Eric Ramos, we know that it is stressful to be piling up the medical bills while losing wages due to time off of work. We are dedicated to making sure you receive all the compensation to which you are legally entitled. We offer a free consultation and can schedule that generally the same day you call.
Workers’ compensation has rigid deadlines for filing your claim. Additionally, the law also requires you to meet certain deadlines. Do not wait. Contact us as soon as possible at (956) 948-7003.
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