With so many people in the Houston, Texas area employed in the energy, transportation, maritime, shipping, manufacturing, construction, and related industries, Texas is a state where physically demanding, risky work is a constant reality. Every day, men and women go to work at chemical plants, refineries, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, construction sites, oil and gas well sites, and other potentially dangerous work sites. And every day, workers in Houston, Texas, and across the state of Texas sustain serious injuries on the job.
At The Callahan Law Firm, we are dedicated to fighting on behalf of injured workers and their families. At our first meeting you will speak with experienced Houston work injury lawyers who will listen to you and can help by answering your questions and discussing your legal rights. After consultation and if we decide to work together on your case, our lawyers and staff will work aggressively to maximize justice for you and your family.
Houston, Texas is home to many refineries and other industrial plants which employ a large number of workers. Unfortunately, some of these refineries and plants place profits ahead of worker safety which has resulted in a number of serious explosions and chemical releases. If you or a family member were injured in an accident that happened while you were performing duties for your industrial employer, call us and let’s talk about what happened and what we can do to help.
Many jobs require the use of Heavy Equipment such as bulldozers, earth movers, and cranes, and require employees to work in the same area where the machinery operates. Due to the dangers posed by operating heavy construction equipment, the state and federal government frequently require operators to obtain special training and licenses. Additionally, there are unique rules and regulations that set forth how certain kinds of Heavy Equipment should be safely used. Unfortunately, workers are often injured when these rules and regulations are not followed.
A Texas employer who does not carry workers’ compensation insurance is called a “non-subscriber”. If injured in Texas while working for a non-subscriber, an injured employee is allowed to bring a negligence claim against his employer, even if the employer has some other type of insurance. The attorneys at The Callahan Law Firm have extensive experience in handling these “non-subscriber” cases and obtaining significant justice for injured workers and their families.
At The Callahan Law Firm in Houston, TX, our experienced injury lawyers are prepared to investigate and pursue legal claims arising from fires, explosions and other work accidents. Burn injuries involve tremendous pain, extensive and costly medical treatment, and a lengthy recovery, and your success in obtaining a significant recovery can make all the difference for your future.
Whether on land or under water, the construction and maintenance of pipelines can be dangerous. The companies that own, construct and maintain these pipelines have an obligation to properly construct and maintain the pipelines. Nonetheless, people including pipeline workers and others often sustain injuries or are killed due to blowouts, explosions, heavy equipment accidents or toxic gas leaks.
Both federal and state law requires pipeline companies to conduct regular inspections of their pipelines, searching for leaks, ruptures and other defects. When pipeline companies cut corners and fail to comply with the law, it can lead to pipeline explosions that cause catastrophic injury, property damage and environmental harm.
Working for railroads is a dangerous job and workers are at constant risk for serious injury. Due to the unique nature of their work, many railroad workers are covered by the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA). At The Callahan Law Firm, our FELA attorneys in Houston, Texas work aggressively to represent Injured Railroad Workers to help them recover everything they are entitled to.
Workers on ships, barges and offshore platforms face unique dangers and, more often than not, when a serious injury occurs an injured seaman or offshore worker is hours away from medical help. An additional challenge facing injured seaman and offshore workers is that offshore injuries are governed by Admiralty and Maritime law, such as the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Worker Compensation Act and the Death on The High Seas Act. An injured seaman or offshore worker needs an experienced attorney familiar with these laws to make sure they receive all of the compensation they are entitled to.
Offshore workers are constantly exposed to the unique hazards and dangers of working on vessels and offshore platforms. These unique dangers were one the reasons the United States government created The Jones Act almost 100 years ago to protect the rights of injured seamen and other offshore workers who are employed on maritime vessels like offshore drilling rigs, drill boats, supply boats, crew boats, cargo ships, tankers and dredges.
As an offshore worker in the Gulf of Mexico or another of our nation’s waterways, your own safety relies on your co-workers’ safe work practices, proper maintenance of equipment, the seaworthiness of the vessel and the responsible and safety-conscious actions of the vessel owner.
Any offshore rig worker knows that working on offshore rigs can be dangerous. Offshore workers are exposed to unique dangers not faced by land based rig workers. More often than not, when a serious injury occurs an injured offshore rig worker is hours away from medical help. If you have been injured offshore while working on an offshore oil rig, you may have a claim for damages under your local State law or Federal Maritime law. The attorneys at The Callahan Law Firm in Houston, Texas represent injured maritime workers and accident victims in Texas, throughout the Gulf Coast and across the nation.
If you have lost a loved one while they were working offshore you may have a claim against the person or company responsible. If the accident was the result of negligence or unseaworthiness, you may be able to file a claim under the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) to recover the compensation you deserve after the loss of a loved one.