All Baytown workers who are injured in the course of performing their work duties are covered by Texas state law, as well as those in other states as covered by their own laws. Regardless of fault, most on the job injuries are covered by the workers’ compensation system that is designed to provide benefits to these injured workers. However, in cases of serious injury caused by an employer’s carelessness or negligence, the employee and their family may be entitled to damages beyond workers’ comp. In some cases, the employer, the parent company, or their third party contractor may deny culpability and claim the worker sustained self-inflicted injuries, was intoxicated on the job, or was in violation of some vague company policy.
This is why it is essential to have an experience Baytown on the job injury attorney to represent you. They can help prove the cause of the injuries, the nature of the injuries, and help get workers the treatment they deserve from the healthcare providers of their choice.
Baytown On-the-Job Injuries
Given all the refineries, plants, and other oil and gas related industries, the residents and workers of Baytown are at a greater risk of on the job injuries than the rest of the nation in general. In Baytown, Texas Workers Compensation lets injured workers collect income and medical benefits for all injuries, not just the ones the employer acknowledges. In some cases, they may admit one injury occurred on the job but deny and allege that other injuries were sustained during the employees off-hours.
Oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, and other similar industries constantly rank at the top of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics chart of most dangerous occupations. Unfortunately, Baytown has many of these types of workers. The BLS listed the most common causes of death for 2014, the latest year the data is available, as:
- Roadway Incidents – When a worker is killed while driving a company vehicle or is struck by a company vehicle.
- Falls – When a worker is killed falling from a high story to a lower one. This is often the result of faulty stairways, railways, steps, walkways, and other similar situations.
- Struck by Object or Other Equipment – When a worker is killed as the result of a tool, piece of equipment, or other heavy object that falls from a great height or tips over. It is the responsibility of each employer to secure all equipment, provide proper safety gear, and restrict access to areas where objects may be falling.
- Homicide – It may sound unusual, but death by coworker accounted for 8% of all worker fatalities in 2014. It is the responsibility of each employer to train each employee in safe conduct and immediately dispense with anyone who threatens another coworker or shows disregard for their fellow worker’s safety.