Houston Worksite Accident Attorneys
Fighting for injured manufacturing, oilfield, and industrial workers in Texas
Texas is home to robust oil, manufacturing, construction industries, and more. These employees work long hours, with heavy equipment and machines, powerful tools, electricity, and gas. They put themselves in dangerous situations every day, and even a small error can cause a huge tragedy. Workers in these industries trust their employers take the precautions to keep them safe on the job. When they don’t, however, workers can suffer severe or fatal injuries.
As an injured employee, you may be eligible for Texas workers’ compensation. If this is not available to you, or if you aren’t eligible, the Houston attorneys at the Kishinevsky Law Firm want to help. We can sit down with you and talk about your situation, and guide you through the appropriate legal process. You deserve compensation for an on-the-job injury, and we’ll help you find out how.
Your questions, answered
- How often are workers injured on the job in Texas?
- What are the top dangers of industrial work?
- What are common injuries from Houston worksite accidents?
- Who is liable for my Houston worksite accident and injuries?
- How can a worksite accident attorney help with my case?
- Is there a worksite accident lawyer near me?
How often are workers injured on the job in Texas?
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) maintains a database of fatal occupational injuries each year. In 2020, 469 workers lost their lives on the job; part of 4,764 deaths across the nation. They report 178,600 non-fatal injuries and occupational illnesses that year as well. Further, looking at the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, the Texas construction and oil/gas industries have some of the highest rates of worksite injuries in the state.
A majority of accidents and injuries are preventable when manufacturing and industrial companies implement proper safety measures, including training, emergency procedures, and personal protective equipment (PPE). However, when they don’t, workers can experience serious or catastrophic harm.
What are the top dangers of industrial work?
When you or a loved one are injured on a worksite – whether a construction site, manufacturing plant, warehouse floor, or oilfield – the Houston attorneys at the Kishinevsky Law Firm get to work investigating the cause of your accident. Often, we find an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard violation led to your injury.
OSHA performs nationwide worksite inspections and publishes an annual report of their top 10 cited violations, which are as follows (for fiscal year 2021):
- Fall protection (construction)
- Respiratory protection (general industry)
- Ladders (construction)
- Hazard communication (general industry)
- Scaffolding (construction)
- Fall protection training (construction)
- Control of hazardous energy, lockout/tagout (general industry)
- Eye and face protection (construction)
- Powered industrial trucks (general industry)
- Machinery and machine guarding (general industry)
Even the best employee can’t prevent an accident if their worksite is unsafe. Workers are entitled to proper training, safety equipment, well-maintained worksites, functioning tools, and knowledge of emergency and shut-off procedures. An error on the worksite paired with an OSHA violation can lead to serious injuries, resulting in your inability to earn a living and support yourself and your family.
What are common injuries from Houston worksite accidents?
On-the-job accidents can happen almost anywhere, at any time. No matter where or how they occur, they can cause life-altering injuries to a worker, including:
- Lacerations and puncture wounds
- Traumatic amputation and limb loss
- Severe burn injuries
- Respiratory illnesses
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Certain types of cancer
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of vision or hearing
- Fractured and broken bones
- Crush injuries
- Electrocution injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Wrongful death
When you or a loved one experience this type of catastrophic injury, it’s important to identify the right liable party (or parties) and hold them accountable. The Houston worksite accident attorneys at the Kishinevsky Law Firm can help.
Who is liable for my Houston worksite accident and injuries?
After a worksite or industrial injury, you may wonder who is liable for your injuries and losses – especially if you’re not covered by Texas workers’ compensation. Our legal team can determine the correct legal action to take for your specific situation and identify all responsible parties. Depending on the circumstances of your accident and resulting injuries, liable parties can include:
- Your employer, if they violated OSHA safety standards and you suffered injuries as a direct result.
- Tool and equipment suppliers, if a defective product malfunctioned or failed in any way and caused your injuries.
- Other parties, if their negligence caused your accident and injuries. This could include a careless driver, negligent contractor or co-worker, or other reckless third party.
In cases of third party negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury claim in addition to a workers’ compensation claim. Our Houston attorneys can explain this process in more detail in a free consultation, as these types of cases can be complex.
How can a worksite accident attorney help with my case?
Here in Texas, the workers’ compensation program offers certain employees benefits to cover medical expenses and wage loss incurred due to an injury experienced on the job. However, workers’ comp is not available to every worker, temporary employee, or contractor. Further, as explained above, even with workers’ compensation, some types of accidents and injuries are eligible for both workers’ comp and a personal injury action.
The worksite accident attorneys at the Kishinevsky Law Firm understand OSHA rules and regulations, as well as Texas personal injury law, and can help work to recoup your medical expenses, wage loss, and other damages. We understand the overwhelming mental and financial stress a serious injury causes, and our legal team wants to help you secure the compensation to which you’re entitled.
Is there a worksite accident lawyer near me?
The Kishinevsky Law firm is located at 13831 Northwest Fwy., Suite 312 in Houston. We offer plenty of parking, and there’s also a bus stop right in front of our building. If your injuries are too severe to come to us, we can come to your home, hospital, rehabilitation center, or meet with you via telephone or Zoom. We’re here for you.
Houston worksite accident attorneys on your side
The worksite and industrial accident lawyers at the Kishinevsky Law Firm protect workers throughout the Houston area when injured on the job. When employers and companies neglect worker safety, you can count on us to provide informed legal guidance. We want to help you secure the financial compensation you deserve. Our consultations are always free. Call 832-529-1111 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment today.