Fort Worth Workplace Injury Attorney
Employees have several rights and protections under federal and state laws. If you suffer an injury at work, workers’ compensation benefits can ensure that you get some form of compensation, but it may not cover the total, far-reaching costs of a work-related injury. If your workers’ compensation benefits fall short of your losses, or if your injury resulted from extreme negligence, unlawful circumstances, or a negligent third party, a lawsuit may be your best option for recovering compensation.
The Law Offices of Tom Hall represents clients all over the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area in all types of personal injury claims. If you believe a recent work injury qualifies for legal action, our team can assess the facts and let you know what to expect. A work-related injury can lead to several possible types of lawsuits, and sometimes multiple defendants.
Many work-related injuries result from negligent third parties who are unrelated to either the employer or the injured employee. Some examples of situations that could lead to third-party lawsuits for work-related injuries include:
- A driver is delivering supplies to a job site when another driver strikes the vehicle, causing injuries.
- An equipment maintenance company fails to properly service a piece of work equipment that later injures an employee during use.
- An outside cleaning company employee servicing a client’s building knocks a company employee down a flight of stairs.
- A contractor files a lawsuit against a subcontractor for submitting subpar work that results in injuries or other damages.
Ultimately, any situation involving a negligent party other than the employer or the employee will result in a third-party claim.
In third-party claims against individuals, the plaintiff should expect a process like any other personal injury lawsuit. The plaintiff must prove the defendant breached his or her duty of care in the given situation, directly resulting in damages to the plaintiff. The plaintiff must also provide sufficient evidence of the extent of his or her damages as well as proof those damages resulted from the defendant’s actions and not some other cause.
Product Liability Claims
If a product causes an injury to an employee through no fault of the employer, the employee would likely need to file a product liability claim against the product manufacturer. In this situation, the plaintiff does not necessarily need to establish negligence on the part of the manufacturer, only that the product in question was indeed defective, and the defect caused the plaintiff’s damages.
Products can be defective in one of three ways. A product is defective by design if an inherent flaw in the original design of the product persists in every produced unit. Defective manufacturing can apply when variations or errors in raw materials or assembly results in defects that may only exist in a few identifiable units. Defective marketing can apply to a company’s failure to include adequate instructions for use and safety warnings with products.
Winning Your Case and Collecting Compensation
Success in any type of third-party claim for a work injury hinges on several factors, and the entire process can feel overwhelming without professional representation. The right attorney can help you navigate the workers’ compensation system while exploring your available avenues of compensation. Depending on the type of damage you sustained, a lawsuit could yield compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering far more than what the workers’ compensation system offers.
Before accepting any insurance settlements or making any major steps with your claim in Fort Worth, Texas, contact the Law Offices of Tom Hall. Our attorneys meet with every client one to one to provide the most comprehensive representation possible. Our firm has a reputation throughout Texas for being unafraid of intense litigation and going as far as we need to go to get our clients the compensation they deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation about your work injury, and we’ll review your options with you.