Reliable Fort Worth Worksite Accident Lawyers
Help for oil, gas, and manufacturing workers injured on the job in Texas
Many Texans work in jobs that put them in potentially dangerous situations. Work like gas and oil extraction, manufacturing, and other emerging Texas industries are hazardous when employers and other workers fail to follow proper safety precautions or act negligently on the job. When you or your loved one suffer serious injury at work, look to experienced attorneys for help.
Here in Texas, when injured on the job, some employees have access to workers’ compensation benefits. However, many companies don’t offer these benefits to workers, who are left on their own to deal with medical bills and loss of wages. Additionally, not all on-the-job accidents and injuries are limited to the benefits workers’ compensation provides. The Fort Worth worksite accident attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger can evaluate your case and guide you through the legal process with experience and confidence.
What are the biggest industries in Fort Worth?
Fort Worth, Texas is a big city that attracts many emerging industries, as well as a variety of established companies all competing in the global marketplace. With robust growth in energy, manufacturing, aerospace, and tourism, many big industries call Fort Worth home. Just a few of these companies and manufacturers include Basic Energy Services, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter, DFW International Airport, Alcon, and American Airlines.
How often are Texans injured at work?
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) collects and analyzes data about occupational injuries and fatalities each year. In 2019, the most current data available, 608 Texas workers lost their lives on the job. This is up considerably from the 488 in 2018. Across the country, 5,333 workers suffered fatal injuries at work in 2019.
The TDI also reports 187,600 non-fatal injuries, which is an incidence rate of 2.1 per every 100 full-time workers. Within the goods-producing domain, “manufacturing reported an incidence rate of 2.4, construction a rate of 1.5, and natural resources and mining a rate of 1.0.”
Employers and supervisors can reduce the rate of injuries and fatalities by enforcing strict safety policies on the job. However, in a fast-paced industry with deadlines and quotas, safety can fall by the wayside. At Slack Davis Sanger, our attorneys represent Fort Worth workers and their families when negligence or failure to provide a safe worksite results in injury or death.
What types of accidents and injuries do workers experience on the job?
Because of the heavy machinery and other risk involved in the oil, gas, and manufacturing industries, when accidents occur, injuries tend to be severe. Employees and contractors are at risk of suffering a variety of different accidents when others act in a negligent manner. Common on-the-job accident and injuries include:
Falls. Construction workers and oil rig workers run the risk of falling from elevations. Any unrestrained fall can cause traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, resulting in permanent disability or death. Falls can be easily prevented with safety harnesses and other personal protective equipment.
Contact with equipment. This is a sort of blanket term used when a worker is injured by equipment – whether it hits them, falls on them, collides with them, or causes them physical harm.
Fires and explosions. Oil and gas workers deal with hazardous materials every day on the job. Incidents like unsafe welding and drilling can cause well fires and blowouts, leading to severe burn injuries and fatalities.
Electrocution. Another risk of burn injury is electrocution, which can occur with worn electrical wires, defective tool parts, or negligent machine operators. Electrocution can also cause cardiac arrest and other serious physical trauma.
Crushing or entrapment. Large and heavy machinery with moving parts poses a risk to workers if it malfunctions or when operated improperly. Accidents with heavy machinery often cause injury to the extremities, resulting in broken or crushed bones and loss of limb.
Transportation accidents. Traveling back and forth from a worksite, whether by car, truck, or air, has its risks. If a worker is injured on their way to or from a job site, they are likely eligible for compensation.
The worksite injury attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger work with your physicians to determine the extent of your injuries, how they have affected your life, and next we work to hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions.
What should I do if I’m injured on the worksite in Fort Worth?
Because not every company in Texas is required to provide workers’ compensation, and because not every type of worker is eligible, it is important to talk to an experienced attorney if you suffer injury on a job site. If you are injured on the job, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Don’t wait to see a doctor; delaying treatment could worsen your condition as well as weaken your case.
Next, report your injury to your supervisor or employer. You should do this as soon as possible in accordance with any applicable workers’ compensation regulations. In the meantime, save every piece of documentation you have regarding your accident and injuries, including medical bills, medication receipts, incident reports, and photos.
Our attorneys can use all of this as evidence to build your case.
How can a worksite accident attorney help with my case?
When negligence causes you or a loved one harm, the Fort Worth personal injury lawyers at Slack Davis Sanger know what to do. Our legal team has a wide range of knowledge regarding workplace safety and OSHA regulations, state and federal laws governing the oil and gas industry, and how to prepare a strong case for litigation.
We tap into our network of resources to retain expert witnesses to prove your case. Depending on the circumstances of the incident, these can include: accident reconstruction experts, OSHA consultants, engineers, hazardous chemical experts, safety equipment experts, and physicians and medical personnel. These professionals help provide expert testimony and details about your case.
Safety in the workplace should be an employer’s number-one priority, and when they fail in keeping their workers safe, our attorneys will step in, advise you of your rights, and determine the most beneficial way to seek compensation for your injuries. We understand how devastating a work accident can be, and how it can upend your and your family’s life – both emotionally and economically. Let us help you get back on track.
Fort Worth worksite accident attorneys fighting for you
At Slack Davis Sanger, our worksite injury lawyers commit themselves to each and every client. Our passion for justice shows in the way we prepare every case for trial and fight for your rights. If you or a loved one were injured on the job, we can help you secure compensation for your injuries and losses. To schedule a free consultation at one of our offices in Austin, Dallas, or Fort Worth, please call 800-455-8686 or fill out our contact form.
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