Late last week, a man was killed in an industrial accident in northeast Harris County. The accident happened at the Tenaris plant near Tidwell. A worker had gotten off a forklift and was standing between the forklift and a large spool when the forklift rolled forward, crushing him. The worker died at the scene.
This tragic accident will have lifelong implications for the victim’s family. In addition to the emotional pain and suffering they will endure, they also will lose his income for the remainder of his life, as well as facing expenses in connection with his death.
If you or a loved one has been injured at work, you should protect your legal rights. You should immediately report the accident to your employer. Although this may seem obvious, if you suffer an injury that does not require immediate medical attention, you may not mention it immediately. However, if you fail to report the accident, you may not receive workers’ compensation benefits.
In many cases, workers’ compensation benefits will be all you can receive. Workers’ compensation will cover medical expenses, a portion of your lost wages, some death benefits, and other expenses. In general, it’s better if you can sue your employer or another party, because your potential compensation will be higher. However, if your employer has workers’ compensation insurance, you generally cannot sue the employer. You may be able to sue a third party though, such as a negligent contractor who caused your accident or the manufacturer of a defective piece of machinery.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, call the Houston workplace injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or visit us on Facebook to learn more. We will provide you with a free consultation on your case.