In the greater Houston area, hundreds of thousands of workers are employed by energy, transportation, maritime, shipping, manufacturing, construction, and related industries. Texas is a state where physically demanding, risky jobs are a constant reality. Whether you work at a construction site, a chemical plant, a refinery, an oil or gas well site, a manufacturing facility, a warehouse, an office, or anywhere else, you are at risk of severe injuries on the job.
For more than 25 years, the Houston work injury lawyers of The Callahan Law Firm have fought to secure fair compensation for hard-working individuals who have been hurt on the job. We help our clients seek the financial resources they need to treat their injuries, pay their bills, and support their families.
We help workers as they recover from their injuries and try to get back to their normal lives. We understand all too well how employers, site owners and their insurance companies try to avoid liability to pay injured workers the benefits and compensation they deserve. We have been on the inside of insurance companies, and we know the tactics and tricks they use. We now use our experience and knowledge to advocate on behalf of the victims of workplace injuries.
Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation about your injury with a work injury lawyer in Houston. You will learn more about your options for pursuing compensation for your injuries and losses.
Common Types of Workplace Accident Cases We Handle
At The Callahan Law Firm, our knowledgeable Houston work injury lawyers have successfully helped clients and their families recover full compensation for these types of work injury claims:
- Industrial accidents – These accidents can have a lasting impact on your health and livelihood. If you were hurt on the job, contact us to discuss your situation in detail. If your accident was caused by a negligent third party, we will help you get compensation for pain and suffering (which is not covered by workers’ comp), and, potentially, the full replacement of your lost wages.
- Heavy equipment accidents – If you were hurt in a heavy equipment accident while on the job, contact The Callahan Law Firm right away. Founding attorney Michael S. Callahan is a former mechanical engineer and Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law. That makes him particularly qualified to handle your case.
- Construction accidents – Construction sites rank among the most dangerous workplaces in the country. Construction workers face serious risk of life-altering injuries from scaffolding, cranes, forklifts, falls from heights, falling objects, fires and explosions, or exposure to toxic chemicals and materials. We hold the construction companies, site owners and equipment manufacturers accountable when their actions or negligence caused your injury.
- Railroad worker accidents – Railroad accident cases are different from most other workplace accident claims. Workers who are injured are not covered by standard workers’ comp laws but are instead required to seek compensation under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). The act allows injured railroad employees to pursue a claim against the railroad carrier, the carrier’s agents, or employees if their negligence caused the accident. It is crucial to hire an attorney who understands the specifics of how FELA claims need to be handled. If you have been hurt in your railroad job, contact us now.
- Pipeline accidents – Pipeline construction and maintenance is hazardous work. Workers often perform their duties aboveground, underground, or underwater. Far too many pipeline workers are injured in explosions, blowouts, accidents involving heavy equipment, or dangerous and toxic gas leaks. If this has happened to you or someone you love, call us for help right away.
- Explosion accidents – When an explosion occurs, the resulting injuries can be severe and are often life-threatening. If you suffered severe burns, crushing injuries, vision or hearing loss, amputation, or other serious injuries in an explosion in Houston or anywhere in Texas, contact us to get the full and fair compensation you need and deserve.
- Oil rig accidents – Offshore rig workers are often injured due to the negligence of a co-worker, their employer or another company working alongside them. Offshore Rig workers face the risk of wrongful death, amputation, burns, paralysis, back and neck injuries, or other severe bodily injuries. 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.
- Offshore accidents – Offshore workers depend on their employer and co-workers to keep their vessel safe and seaworthy, adequately maintain tools and equipment, and to exercise due care and caution at all times when out in the Gulf of Mexico or another waterway. If you have been hurt or if you lost a loved one in a maritime accident, you could be eligible to seek fair compensation if the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence.
What You Need to Know about Texas Workers’ Comp and Non-Subscriber Injuries
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 or her employer.
Examples of employer negligence in non-subscriber cases include:
- Failure to provide an employee with a safe workplace
- Failure to provide an employee with the tools and equipment needed to perform work in a safe manner
- Failure to adequately train an employee
- Negligence of a co-worker
- Negligent supervision
Texas does not require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Some of the biggest employers in the State have chosen to go without worker’s compensation insurance. Doing so frees the non-subscribing employer from some of the regulations associated with the State-run worker’s compensation program, but non-subscriber employers lose many legal protections offered to employers who carry that insurance coverage. Most importantly, a non-subscriber can be subjected to a personal injury lawsuit from an employee who suffers a work-related injury or occupational illness.
When an employer carries workers’ compensation insurance and an injury claim is against the employer, an injured employee can only receive the benefits authorized under Texas’s workers’ compensation law. Those benefits include medical treatment, partial wage replacement, defined disability benefit payments, or vocational rehabilitation. However, in a personal injury lawsuit, a non-subscriber may be held liable to an employee for the full extent of his or her lost wages, the full extent of his or her lost earning capacity, as well as non-economic damages such as physical impairment, pain and suffering, lost quality of life, and loss of consortium. In addition, if the injury is caused by a third party (for example, by the negligence of another company or its employee), a claim can be made against that third party and compensation can be sought.
Non-subscribers must annually report to the state that they have elected not to obtain worker’s compensation insurance. In addition, non-subscribers with five or more employees must report to the State each work-related fatality, occupational illness, or injury that results in more than one workday of lost time.
What You Need to Know about Offshore Accidents
Many offshore accidents that occur on seagoing vessels are not covered under Texas’s workers’ compensation law but instead are covered by federal statutes. Those statutes provide injured maritime workers with the right to seek benefits and compensation from their employer for work-related injuries and occupational illnesses.
- Jones Act – The Jones Act, officially called the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, allows injured seamen to file suit against their employers or the owner or operator of their vessel for negligence that leads to their injuries that occur on a vessel while in navigable waters. This negligence may include negligent acts by the vessel’s captain or other crew members, negligence of the injured seaman’s employer (such as negligent hiring, retention, and/or training), or negligence of the vessel’s owner or operator. A seaman can also seek compensation for his or her injuries that are caused by the vessel being left in an unseaworthy condition.
- Death on the High Seas Act – The Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) gives the families of maritime workers aboard vessels in international waters the right to file a wrongful death claim against the owner or operator of the vessel. A wrongful death claim brought under DOHSA is different from traditional wrongful death claims that are brought under state law. DOHSA allows families of eligible deceased workers to recover economic losses caused by the worker’s death, such as the loss of his or her financial contributions to the family. Families may also be entitled to compensation for the emotional distress and loss of companionship caused by their loved one’s passing.
Common Types of Work Injuries
Workplace accidents can result in a wide variety of injuries. However, given the dangerous nature of many industries in the Houston area and throughout Texas, including construction, maritime work, oil and gas production, and offshore drilling, workplace accidents have a far greater risk of causing catastrophic, life-altering injuries, including:
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries including paralysis
- Brain injuries
- Crush injuries
- Broken bones
- Exposure to toxic chemicals and fumes
- Orthopedic injuries
How Our Houston Work Injury Attorneys Can Help You
After you or a loved one have been injured in a work accident, you need dedicated legal representation to ensure that you and your family are provided with the full benefits and compensation you are entitled to under the law. At The Callahan Law Firm, our Houston work injury attorneys can help you secure the financial benefits you need and deserve by:
- Conducting our own independent, thorough investigation into your workplace accident to recover critical evidence we can use in your case, including accident or incident reports, accident scene photos, surveillance footage, and eyewitness statements.
- Using our founding attorney Michael S. Callahan’s education and experience in engineering, working with other engineering and accident reconstruction experts, to determine how your injuries occurred and who may bear legal responsibility for the damages you have suffered.
- Filing claims on your behalf with your employer or the insurers to start the process of getting you the benefits you need.
- Aggressively negotiating for a settlement or resolution of your case that provides you with fair and full compensation.
- Preparing to take your claim to court, if necessary, and filing lawsuits on your behalf.
At The Callahan Law Firm, we maintain a small-firm approach to each of our clients. We limit the number of cases that we take on so that each of our clients and their cases get the full attention and effort that they deserve. We are always available to speak with you in person, over the phone, or by video call, email, or text to keep you updated on the progress of your case and to answer any questions you may have about your legal rights and options.
Despite our small firm approach, we have the knowledge, experience and skill to take on the big companies and insurers on your behalf. Our legal team has extensive backgrounds in engineering and the insurance industry. Those backgrounds allow us to take on the most complex workplace injury cases.
Our founding attorney, Michael S. Callahan, also holds Board Certification in Personal Injury Trial Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. That distinction is awarded to less than two percent of attorneys in Texas, reflecting our firm’s experience and success in the courtroom.
Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Houston work injury attorney from The Callahan Law Firm today. We can discuss your accident and injuries, and you can learn more about your legal rights and options. You will also learn how our firm can help you and your family secure maximum financial recovery for the harm you have suffered. You owe no fee for our services unless you win.