workplace injuries Archives

Impact when Texas employers opt out of workers' comp

A Texas employer that decides to opt out of the state’s workers’ compensation system is commonly referred to as nonsubscriber. Although injured employees of nonsubscribers cannot file claims with the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation, those employees are still afforded certain statutory safeguards under Texas law, so long as they have not waived those protections in an employment agreement.

Is safety an employer priority? Construction workers say no

The culture on your jobsite determines many aspects of your day-to-day life in Texas. According to a recent survey by the National Safety Council, construction workers across the country believe the companies they work for make productivity the primary value, rather than developing an environment that puts safety first.

Powerline electrocutes workers moving flagpole

When a serious injury accident happens on the job in Texas, it may be difficult to pin down a single trigger for the incident. For example, a person performing a job without proper training may not directly cause things to go awry. However, that could be an influencing factor if something goes wrong and that worker does not know how to handle the circumstances, or if he or she does not have the proper tools to do the job.

Are you using your respirator correctly?

Out in the oil fields, there are a number of airborne hazards that can have a devastating effect on your lungs. Wearing a respirator may be the solution to many of the dangerous inhalants, but the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation warns that this personal protective gear is not a guarantee of safety. In many situations, relying too heavily on your respirator could cause a significant workplace injury.

Understanding acute neck injuries

Regardless of the type of job you do in Texas, a neck injury is a hazard that is always present. While some neck problems develop over time, a sudden trauma may cause you some severe concerns right away. Many workers turn to our team at The Law Offices of Miller & Bicklein, P.C., for answers to their questions about what to expect after this type of debilitating event.

What you should know about knee injuries

People in Texas who must stand or walk frequently during the workday rely on several muscles, bones and joints in their legs to provide this mobility, and the knees bear much of the burden. In fact, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons notes that a person’s knee is among the easiest joints to injure, and these injuries send more people to the doctor than most other complaints.

What is considered an occupational disease?

In the state of Texas, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation if you are diagnosed with an illness related to an occupation you held or still hold. One of the things that our attorneys at The Law Offices of Miller & Bicklein, P.C., explain to people is what qualifies as a work-related illness.

Brain injury and its link to depression

A brain injury from a workplace accident in San Antonio can affect people in numerous ways. One of those ways is depression. According to Brainline.org, three out of 10 people who incur a brain injury will experience depression, while only one out of 10 people without a brain injury experiences the disorder.

What is silicosis?

If you work in certain jobs in Texas, especially construction and mining, then you may be at risk of developing a disease known as silicosis. According to MedlinePlus, this disorder is caused by exposure to silica dust. This disease could show up 15 years or longer after the initial exposure, although if you are exposed to an excessive amount of silica, you might present with symptoms within a year.

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