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Did your employer's negligence contribute to a work injury?

You work hard for your pay. Maybe you work as a pipefitter, a construction worker or even as a skilled welder. Every day, you come to your job and you do your best. Unfortunately, your line of work is relatively dangerous, and eventually, you get hurt on the job. Work injuries can have a profound impact on your future.

You may be out of work while you recover. In the case of serious injuries involving your spine, brain or extremities, you may not be able to return to the same line of work after your accident. In addition to massive medical expenses, you're staring down a lot of lost wages.

Options for Compensation After a Texas Work Injury

A serious injury on the job could require multiple surgeries and months of rehabilitation before you can return to work, and if you were injured on the job, you may be wondering whether you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits.

One thing to understand is that Texas law does not require employers to carry workers' comp insurance, and even if an employer does opt in for workers' compensation, there is still a chance that the workers' comp claim will be denied.

5 things to know about spinal cord injuries

A wide variety of accidents can cause spinal cord injuries, and victims and their family members will undoubtedly find the days, weeks and months after the accident extremely difficult. Here are some things to understand about spinal cord injuries.

3 things to know about construction accident claims

Construction workers face serious risks while they are on the jobsite. These risks can occur at any given second and they can come from a host of causes. Power tools, scaffolding, heavy equipment and other items are hazards that might lead to serious injuries. Even the most careful of construction workers can become injured on the job. You can seek compensation for the injuries you suffered in the construction accident. Consider these three points.

Traumatic brain injuries suffered at work can end your career

Thousands of people are injured at work every year in Texas. Many times, the injuries are obvious: a broken arm, a sprained ankle, or a serious facial contusion. In cases where a worker suffers a traumatic brain injury, however, the damage isn't always as obvious.

People may fail to realize when they've suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) because there are no overt and immediate signs of the damage done. Over time, however, the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can develop, which can leave the victim unable to work. An attorney can help protect those with work-related TBIs.

What to do if you're injured on the job in Texas

There are some well-established industries in the state of Texas that pose substantial risk to their employees, including the energy industry and commercial trucking transport, among others. Because the state of Texas is the only state that doesn't require private employers to carry and contribute to workers' compensation insurance plans, there is the possibility that an injured worker could face steep medical bills while having little or no insurance coverage to offset the expense.

Whether your employer carries workers' compensation insurance or not, if you or someone you love is injured on the job in Texas, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Maritime law: Maintenance and cure

As a seaman or an offshore oilrig worker, you are entitled to different compensation benefits under maritime laws. The Jones Act not only allows workers to sue for an on-the-job injury; it also requires payments for maintenance and cure.

What is maintenance?

Maintenance covers everyday living expenses. You will receive a stipend, from your employer, to cover the cost of living until you are able to return to work, have recovered or treatment is no longer necessary. These expenses can include:

Will Oklahoma Supreme Court Ruling Affect Work Injury Claims in Texas?

Up until recently, the only two states that allowed private employers to "opt out" of a state-run workers' compensation system were Texas and Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court recently struck down part of that state's workers' comp law, and now Texas is the only state with an opt-out provision.

My medical device is recalled, now what?

Having a life-saving medical device or one that highly improves your quality of life, such as a pacemaker, implant or prosthetic, can be frightening when that product is recalled. We understand you want to know you can trust that the device will function properly and will be safe for you. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and sometimes the manufacturer or U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will recall a medical device because it may have a problem that could injure or kill you.

When you find out your medical device is recalled, is it time to panic? Not necessarily. Here are 4 things you should know to make sure your safety and wellbeing are a top priority during this uncertain time.

Long-Time Adversaries of Labor Unions Oppose New OSHA Rule

It's no secret that working men and women are often up against very powerful forces that prove to be more interested in protecting their bottom lines than helping and protecting workers.

Consider the recent complaint filed by a number of high-power groups seeking to block a new recordkeeping rule issued by OSHA.

The industry groups -- which are frequent adversaries of labor unions -- say an anti-retaliation rule should not apply.

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