A 32 year old aspiring firefighter from Beaumont collapsed during training with the Houston Fire Department and later died. It’s unclear at this time what caused his death. He was working through obstacles in a facility called the Survival House when he passed away. In the Survival House there was no live fire and no smoke. It is also air conditioned and monitored by cameras. An investigation is underway.
Workplace accidents such as this one are unfortunately very common. When you go to work each day, you deserve to work in an environment that is safe and hazard-free. While mistakes do happen, many of the workplace accidents that occur each year could be prevented if employers took the necessary steps to keep their workers safe. By law, workers must ensure that work areas are safe and free from hazards that could jeopardize the safety of employees.
Whenever an employee is injured on the job, that employee is entitled to recover worker’s compensation benefits. Those benefits are provided regardless of who is to blame for the accident. The benefits include the costs of medical treatment, lost wages, and permanent disability. In some cases, the on-the-job accident is actually caused by a third party, not the employer, and in that case the injured worker can sue to recover damages that exceed those covered by worker’s compensation.
If you have been involved in an on-the-job accident, it’s important that you speak with an attorney. You may not be aware of your legal rights. Call the Houston worker’s compensation attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707 to learn more about your legal rights after a job-related accident. We offer free consultations, and you do not pay us any fees until we obtain a recovery for you. Call us today or visit our LinkedIn page to learn more.