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by Jeff Rasansky - October 10, 2017
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with more than 25 years of legal experience.

Have you been injured while working at a manufacturing plant or factory? You may be owed significant compensation.

The options available to you depend on whether or not your employer subscribes to workers’ compensation insurance. Don’t trust your employer; call us at 1-877-405-4313. We’re on your side, and are happy to explain your options for no cost.

Injured at a Texas Factory?

Manufacturing Plant & Factory Accidents

Texas is home to dozens of manufacturing plants and factories which produce everything from food, to furniture, to oil & gas. Tens of thousands of Texans work in these environments, which are often fraught with risk and dangerous scenarios.

According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 1 in 10 workplace injuries occur in a factory setting. This could be attributed to the use of heavy equipment, hot liquids and gases that one has to work with, as well as a lax attitude when it comes to factory and industrial safety in Dallas (as well as Texas as a whole).

If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a factory accident in Dallas or any Texas city, contact Rasansky Law Firm today at 1-877-405-4313 for a free consultation. We’ll give you our honest opinion, and determine whether or not you have a case with which we can help. Our firm only works on behalf of injured victims, and we take all cases on a contingency fee basis (no fee unless we actually put money in your pocket).

Here are a few common ways factory workers can be injured due to negligence:

  1. Back injuries due to overexertion, or crush injuries due to dropping a a heavy load.
  2. Improper lockout-tagout procedures, or injuries caused by a co-worker’s negligence.
  3. Injuries which occur due to a lack of training, or a failure to follow safety protocols.
  4. Repetitive motion injuries where the worker’s complaints are ignored by a supervisor who only cares about the bottom line.
  5. Workers becoming caught in machinery (e.g., a worker’s hand being pinned between two rollers) due to a poorly maintained or malfunctioning machine, improper training/instruction, or lack of adequate safety equipment.
  6. Exposure to dangerous materials such as microscopic glass, asbestos, and contaminates which can wreak havoc on a worker’s lungs over a number of years of sustained exposure.
  7. Exposure to toxic gases or chemicals which can lead to internal injuries, permanent damage to the nervous system, or wrongful death.

How does workers’ compensation affect me?

Many employers in Dallas choose to opt in to the state-run workers’ compensation program, but it’s important to understand that this is not required in Texas (as opposed to almost every other state). Many companies choose to avoid the high cost of workers’ comp by self-insuring or going through a 3rd-party insurance provider—especially in industries where work is inherently dangerous.

If an employer subscribes to workers’ compensation, their employees are barred from filing personal injury claims (except in the case of a fatal workplace accident caused by gross negligence). An injured worker’s only real option in this scenario is to pursue an administrative workers’ comp claim.

Workers’ comp allows injured workers to receive medical care and a percentage of their lost wages (if you miss more than seven days of work), but there is a cap on the total amount you can receive. It’s unfair to the victim and their family when a worker’s pay is cut after being injured due to no fault of his/her own, but the WC system wasn’t designed to be fair; it was simply designed to limit the number of work injury claims going through the court system.

For employers who do NOT subscribe to state-run workers’ compensation insurance (even if they have a another type of insurance policy), employees have every right to file a work injury claim and seek compensation for 100% of their related damages. Not only are injured employees allowed seek compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, and 100% of their lost wages; those who suffer permanent disability or are otherwise unable to return to work in the same field may seek compensation equal to what they would have earned over the course of your career had they not been injured.

In the event you were injured due to a defective or faulty product such as a power tool or other type of machine, the existence of workers’ comp may not even come into play. Even if your employer subscribes to workers’ compensation, you may still have a separate product liability claim against the manufacturer.

What should I do next?

While this may all seem complicated on the surface, our attorneys have considerable experience with these types of claims and know exactly what to look for. Feel free to call us at 1-877-405-4313 for advice! We’re happy to go over the facts of your claim and explain your options moving forward, and we do this free of charge.

Work injury claims can be complex, but that’s why we’re here. We can handle your case from beginning to end, while you focus on recovering from your injuries. Best of all, we only take cases on contingency. We’ll never ask you to pay us a single penny out of your own pocket, and we only earn a fee if and when we win your case.

Speak With a Dallas Work Injury Attorney For Free

The attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm are happy to speak to you about your potential case free of charge. If we can help with your claim, we’ll do so for no out-of-pocket cost to you. Call us 24/7 at (214) 651-6100, or toll-free at 1-877-405-4313.

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