Plano Workplace Injury Attorneys
Here to Help You Pursue Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Workplace accidents can occur in any work environment, from office spaces
to construction sites, and workplace injuries can range from physical
injuries to occupational illnesses.
When you're dealing with a workplace injury, it's not just about getting
immediate medical attention in Plano; it's also about securing your future.
Filing a claim for a workplace injury is an important step towards protecting
your future, as
workers’ compensation (comp) benefits can help cover your medical
expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
However, the process can be complex and often requires a thorough understanding
of labor laws and workers' compensation regulations. That's where
MAS Law comes into play.
Our team is well-versed in handling such cases, offering guidance and representation
to those affected by workplace injuries. With our help, you can navigate
your case with confidence, understanding your rights and options and making
informed decisions that protect your interests.
To discuss your case with our Plano attorneys, call (972) 460-9339.
Common Types of Workplace Accidents
Here are the most common types of workplace accidents and their common causes:
Slips, trips, and falls. These are the most common types of workplace accidents, often caused by
wet floors, cluttered work areas, poor lighting, and loose carpets.
Electrocutions. These can occur when using faulty electrical equipment or working near
Cuts and lacerations. Often caused by improper use of tools, mishandling sharp objects, or lack
of protective equipment, these accidents can lead to minor or severe cuts.
Exposure to harmful substances. This can happen in industries dealing with hazardous chemicals or substances.
Causes include improper handling or storage, lack of protective equipment,
or inadequate ventilation. In case of exposure, follow the specific protocol
for the substance involved, which may include flushing the area with water,
removing contaminated clothing, and seeking immediate medical attention.
Fires and explosions. These can be caused by faulty electrical equipment, flammable materials,
or mishandling of combustible substances. In case of a fire or explosion,
evacuate the area, call the fire department, and treat any injuries.
Machinery-related accidents. Common in industries using heavy machinery. Causes include lack of training,
improper use, or faulty machines.
Repetitive motion injuries. These can occur in any job that involves repetitive tasks, like typing
or assembly line work. Causes include poor ergonomics, lack of breaks,
or overexertion. If symptoms like pain or numbness occur, seek medical
Workplace violence-related accidents. This can range from verbal abuse to physical assaults. Causes can be personal
conflicts, stress, or lack of security measures.
How Long Can You Get Workers’ Compensation in Texas?
How long you receive workers’ compensation benefits can vary based
on the following factors:
Injury severity. The severity of the injury largely determines how long an employee can
receive benefits. More serious injuries typically result in longer recovery
times, necessitating extended benefits.
Recovery timeline. The length of the recovery period also plays a significant role. If an
employee requires extended medical care or rehabilitation, the benefits
may continue until the person recovers, returns to work, or reaches Maximum
Medical Improvement (MMI).
Pre-existing conditions. Pre-existing conditions can also affect the duration of workers' compensation
benefits. If a pre-existing condition is aggravated by a Plano workplace
injury, it may result in extended benefits.
The type of benefits you are eligible to receive. When it comes to income benefits, there are also four types of benefits,
including temporary, impairment, supplemental, and lifetime income benefits.
As the name suggests, lifetime benefits last a lifetime; however, the
other types of benefits will end. For instance, temporary income benefits
can end when you have received benefits for 104 weeks from the eighth
day of your injury or a healthcare provider deems you have healed as much
as possible from your injury (i.e. you reached MMI).
How Much of Your Salary Does Texas Workers’ Comp Pay?
The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the type of benefits
you receive. Below, we will discuss the four types of compensation and
how much of your salary they pay:
Temporary income benefits are paid to workers who are recovering from an on-the-job injury and are
unable to earn their usual pay. In Texas, TIBs amount to 70% of the difference
between the worker's average weekly wage before the injury and their ability
to earn income post-injury. However, there are maximum and minimum limits
set by law each year.
Once a worker reaches MMI, they may be eligible for
impairment income benefits (IIBs) if they have an injury that affects their whole body. The benefits
amount to 70% of the worker's average weekly wage. The duration of these
benefits depends on the impairment rating assigned by the doctor, with
three weeks of benefits provided for each percentage point of impairment.
Supplemental income benefits (SIBs)are available to workers with an impairment rating of 15% or more,
who have exhausted their IIBs, and are still facing obstacles in returning
to work. SIBs are 80% of the difference between 80% of the worker's average
weekly wage before the injury and their post-injury earning capacity.
These benefits are subject to quarterly applications and can be received
for up to 401 weeks.
Lifetime income benefits are provided to Plano workers who suffer certain severe injuries, such
as total and permanent loss of sight in both eyes, loss of both feet,
or a traumatic brain injury resulting in a significant neurocognitive
disorder. LIBs amount to 75% of the worker's average weekly wage, with
a 3% increase each year.
Representing Clients in Collin County & the Surrounding Areas
Workers' compensation is a crucial lifeline for employees who have suffered
injuries or illnesses on the job. It provides medical benefits and wage
replacement, helping to alleviate the financial burden during recovery.
Navigating the aftermath of a
Plano workplace injury can be daunting. Understanding your rights and legal options is crucial
to ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve. At MAS Law, we're
committed to helping you make sense of these complex issues.
Injured in a workplace accident? Reach out to our Plano team
online or by calling (972) 460-9339.