You have worked for your employer for many years, and have just suffered a serious on-the-job injury. No problem. All of your medical bills and lost wages will be covered by your employer, right? Unfortunately, that often is not the case.
Under Texas law, the type of benefits you receive depends upon whether your employer subscribes to the State-run workers’ compensation program. If your employer is a workers’ compensation subscriber, you are automatically entitled to certain defined benefits for your medical expenses and a percentage of your lost wages. In most of these cases, you will not need legal representation.
Your employer does not, however, have to subscribe to the State’s workers’ compensation system. If they do not, they are a “non-subscriber.” In that event, you can sue your employer for all of your damages if you can show that the employer was negligent in connection with your workplace injury. A recovery against a non-subscriber can be significantly larger than what you would receive under the workers’ compensation system.
The first thing you should do after being injured on the job is to seek medical attention. The second thing you should do is to contact the Fort Worth Law Office of Chad T. Goetz. That way, you can make sure you have protection in dealing with your employer or its insurance company. Often, the employer will try to point the finger at you even though you are the victim.
Having workplace injury attorney Chad Goetz on your side will even the playing field.