San Antonio Workplace Accident Attorney

In 2016, OSHA reported a total of 545 fatal workplace accidents in Texas. The majority were transportation injuries related to the fields of construction, production, transportation, and material moving occupations. Workplace injuries are a real safety concern and employers are responsible for providing all necessary training and safety equipment needed to reduce the possibility of injury as much as possible. If you are the victim of a workplace accident, contact D. Willis Law to explore all of your options for compensation.

D. Willis Law Can Help After a Serious Work Related Injury

The San Antonio-based attorneys of D. Willis Law have the experience and skill to help you navigate your workers’ compensation process.

  • Attorney Daniel Willis has more than ten years of experience representing clients in all types of personal injury law in San Antonio, including workplace accidents.
  • We provide peace of mind by taking care of all the paperwork and red tape you may otherwise not be able to due to serious injury or stress.
  • We work on a contingency fee basis. We charge nothing to you unless we secure compensation on your behalf.

Workers’ compensation can be a viable option, but it may actually hinder you from receiving the maximum amount of damages. Schedule a free consultation today to explore your options.

The Five Most Common Workplace Injuries

Unfortunately, workplace injuries happen frequently. Here are a few of the most common:

  • Trips, slips and slips. ⅓ of all workplace injuries are trips, slips and falls. Trips may happen when objects are blocking the path, poor installation of carpet, rugs, and mats, clutter around the workplace, uncovered cables, poor lighting and uneven walking surfaces. Slips may happen when a walkway is obstructed by unsecured mats, or the surface is wet, icy or oily.
  • Transportation injuries. If your job requires using large vehicles, there is always a risk of injury. Auto accidents, pedestrian accidents, falling from a vehicle and being crushed by a vehicle are all real dangers. Some accidents happen while traveling for work or while construction workers are working on the roadways.
  • Moving machinery. Moving machinery is a danger when not handled properly. Most workplaces offer training on the importance of safety around machinery. Without protective gear, pieces can also fly up from machinery and strike workers.
  • Overexertion and repetitive stress injuries. Musculoskeletal injuries are the most expensive type of injury for a workplace. Ergonomic options are now being implemented in the workplace to avoid these repetitive use injuries.
  • Fires and explosions. Explosions and fires are possible in many construction and manufacturing environments. They frequently result in major injuries. Employers are responsible for training employees on ways to reduce the risks of these often disastrous accidents.

If you are a victim of any of these workplace injuries in the last two years, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim to pay your medical bills and compensate you for other related expenses. Since Texas doesn’t require employers to have worker’s compensation insurance, a lawsuit may be your only chance at fair compensation.

Employer Responsibility

If the business does carry workers’ compensation, it generally only covers a percentage of the employee’s loss of income from injuries sustained on the job. Insurers may deny coverage if the injury happened because of horseplay, during a lunch break, under the influence of alcohol, or involved a pre-existing condition. It is important to report an injury to your employer as soon as possible so the proper procedures are followed to ensure you are eligible for compensation.

Insurance Bad Faith

If you have a work-related injury – and your employer has worker’s compensation – but your workplace is refusing to pay workers’ compensation, you may be facing an insurance bad faith claim. Safety nets like workers’ compensation help you recover from an injury and loss of income. If your employer’s insurance company does not make these payments in a timely manner, or denies them without an appropriate explanation, you can file an insurance bad faith claim with the Texas Department of Insurance.

If your employer doesn’t have worker’s comp, discuss the process immediately with one of our attorneys to begin the process.

Why You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer on Your Side

Injuries in the workplace can cripple a family and cause huge medical bills. Employers should have policies and procedures in place to help lessen the blow, but when they deny responsibility, seek help. Daniel Willis has a background in the insurance industry that gives him a unique advantage when dealing with insurance claims.

He will take over negotiations with the insurance company and determine whether the denial of coverage was fair. In the rare case when it is necessary to go to court to get deserved compensation, Daniel Willis is the aggressive lawyer you want in your corner. Contact his office for help after a workplace injury.