Late last month, an explosion seriously damaged a plywood factory north of Houston. The explosion injured seven workers. It also started a fire that took two hours to extinguish. The explosion occurred at the Georgia-Pacific plant in Corrigan, Texas, 90 miles north of Houston.
Four of the injured workers were flown to a hospital in Houston. Although they suffered serious burns, fortunately their injuries were not life threatening. Three employees were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. The cause of the explosion is unknown, but remains under investigation.
These workers who were injured in the plant explosion will most likely have a long recovery period ahead of them. They may be unable to work in the future and may have serious medical expenses. The Texas Workers' Compensation program was designed to help workers who were injured on the job with financial assistance.
However, workers' comp insurance companies, as well as employers, often try to deny or to minimize the benefits paid to injured workers. They often argue that the worker's injuries are not serious, or already existed before the job-related accident. It's often important that injured workers hire an attorney in order to make sure that someone is looking out for their rights.
If you have been injured on the job in Texas, you have the legal right to workers' compensation (in most cases). In some cases, you may also be able to sue your company for your injuries. Call the Houston workers' compensation attorneys at Kennedy Hodges if you have any questions about your legal rights. Our attorneys will be happy to speak with you about your case. Call us at 713-489-9493, or visit our LinkedIn page to learn more.