Your Waco, TX, Workers’ Comp Lawyers
Many workers who are injured on the job don’t know where to turn for help. At Lorenz & Lorenz, PLLC, we fight to secure all of your income benefits and get you quality medical care. With over 20 years’ experience, our work injury lawyers have what it takes to resolve your case as successfully and quickly as possible.
Filing for workers’ compensation in Texas can be much more complex than you think. Even when the insurance company agrees to pay, your benefit check might be much lower than you deserve. Our experienced Waco workers’ compensation attorneys are here to help. We offer a free case review to every client. Call our law office today to learn more about protecting your rights.
Our Seasoned Waco Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Fight to Get Fair Benefits for Injured Workers
At Lorenz & Lorenz, PLLC, we go above and beyond to get the fair workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. Our workplace accident lawyers can help with any challenges you might be facing, including:
- Filing your initial workers’ compensation claim
- Getting the quality medical treatment you need
- Making sure your workers’ compensation income benefits are accurate
- Fighting back against any challenges to your right to workers’ comp benefits
- Filing an appeal if your workers’ compensation benefits were denied
- Fighting back if your doctor says it’s time to return to work before you are fully recovered
We can also help if your employer treats you differently when you return to work. Your employer cannot discriminate or retaliate against you for filing a workers’ compensation claim. Texas Labor Code Section 451.001 prohibits these types of actions entirely.
At Lorenz & Lorenz, PLLC, our personal injury lawyers in Waco are passionate about protecting workers’ rights. We are always available to review your case for free. Call our law firm today to learn more about protecting your right to fair benefits.
Your Right to Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Waco, TX
The Texas Department of Insurance manages the state workers’ comp system. Under Texas law, employers are not legally required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. As a practical matter, most employers do offer workers’ compensation.
The reason is simple: employers who don’t have workers’ compensation can be sued by workers who are hurt on the job. The threat of a personal injury lawsuit is significant. After all, personal injury damages for work injuries can be much higher than workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers’ compensation benefits are extremely valuable for injured workers. They can also be much more limited than you expect. Texas workers’ compensation provides:
- Medical benefits. Workers’ compensation medical benefits cover the “reasonable and necessary” cost of your medical treatment.
- Income replacement benefits. Income replacement benefits cover part of your average wages prior to the work injury or illness.
- Death benefits. If your loved one was killed in a work accident, you have the right to receive both death benefits and burial benefits.
Permanent disability benefits may also be available if your injuries are permanent. In some cases, you might qualify for vocational training so that you can return to a different type of job.
Many injured workers are surprised when employers and insurance companies fight to avoid paying workers’ compensation benefits. It’s important to remember that these people are not always on your side. Providing workers’ compensation is expensive—and only becomes more expensive when workers claim their legal benefits.
Our trusted Waco workers’ compensation lawyers help you fight back. We put in the hard work needed to make sure you receive all benefits available.
Action Steps for Getting Workers’ Compensation After a Work Accident
Getting workers’ compensation is not automatic. Even if you are clearly entitled to benefits, you have to take action and file a claim. After you are hurt or become ill on the job, you should:
- Notify your supervisor. You have 30 days to notify your supervisor. The 30-day clock starts running on the later of (a) the day of the accident or (b) the date you knew that your injury or illness was work-related.
- Get approved medical care. In some cases, you must visit a doctor in a network set up by your employer. Speak with your employer about their specific rules (but remember, in an emergency, you can see any available doctor).
- File a formal claim. You have one year from the date of your accident to file a formal claim for workers’ compensation benefits with the Texas Department of Insurance.
Workers’ compensation benefits are available regardless of who caused the work accident. In other words, you can qualify for workers’ compensation benefits even if you were completely to blame for your work injuries.
We Handle All Types of Waco Work Accident Cases
Some workers are more likely to sustain work injuries than others. Those who work in construction and industrial occupations are most likely to get hurt on the job.
Despite this, if your employer offers coverage, any work injury or illness gives you the right to workers’ compensation benefits. The workers’ compensation lawyers at Lorenz & Lorenz, PLLC can help if you were hurt in any type of work accident, including:
- Construction accidents
- Factory or warehouse accidents
- Electrocution or electric shock accidents
- Welding accidents
- Ironworking accidents
- Repetitive motions in the workplace
- Scaffolding, ladder or roof falls
- Commercial vehicle accidents
- Car accidents
- Slip and fall accidents in the workplace
- Exposure to toxic substances
A work accident can cause any number of serious injuries. Some may heal quickly, but many work accident victims are taken off the job for weeks, months or even permanently. When you are unable to work, you have the right to workers’ compensation regardless of the type of injury involved.
Common examples of workplace injuries include:
- Fall injuries, including spinal cord injuries or brain injuries
- Crush injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Injuries caused by being struck by an object
- Amputations and loss of limbs
- Hearing or vision loss
- Injuries caused by heavy lifting, including back injuries
- Electrocution injuries
- Fire and explosion injuries
- Severe burns
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Respiratory illnesses caused by exposure to hazardous chemicals or other substances on the job
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Work-related motor vehicle accident injuries
- Wrongful death
Remember, workers’ compensation benefits are available even if your injury was not caused by a single accident. Some injuries or diseases happen over time. They might be caused by the basic requirements of your job. Unfortunately, your employer is most likely to challenge your right to benefits in these cases.
Our accident lawyers are here to help you with the legal issues involved in claiming workers’ compensation benefits. We take your case seriously. You can rest assured that we will advocate on your behalf every step of the way.
Work Accident Victims Often Face Challenges Claiming Texas Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Employers and their workers’ compensation insurance company may challenge your right to receive workers’ comp benefits. Our skilled work accident lawyers at Lorenz & Lorenz, PLLC can help. Common issues injured workers face include:
- Challenges to whether your injury or illness was work-related
- Claims that your injury or illness was a pre-existing condition
- Whether you were using illegal drugs or alcohol at the time of the work accident
- Whether your doctor’s recommendations for medical treatment are reasonable and necessary
- An employer who wants you to return to work before you have recovered
- An employer who challenges your pre-accident income levels to reduce your workers’ compensation benefit check
We know that you need fair workers’ compensation benefits now. Our lawyers use the full weight of our experience to resolve your case as successfully and quickly as possible.
Call Lorenz & Lorenz, PLLC today and speak with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer in Waco. We are ready to fight to recover full compensation for your injuries.
Exploring the Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation
Injured workers often think that workers’ compensation is the only way to get compensation after a work accident. This is not always the case. Depending on who caused your accident, it may be possible to recover additional compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury award can include damages that workers’ compensation does not cover. Our seasoned injury lawyers at Lorenz & Lorenz, PLLC will fight to recover fair compensation for:
- All medical expenses, past and future
- The full amount of your lost wages
- Lost future earning capacity
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of your ability to enjoy life
- Emotional distress
- Loss of your loved one’s company or financial support
You might be able to recover compensation in addition to workers’ compensation if someone other than your employer caused the work accident. If a third party was negligent, they can be held financially responsible. Our lawyers will investigate your accident to find out what happened.
You may have the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit for damages against:
- Property owners
- A manufacturer of a defective product
These cases can be complex and often take time. Our injury lawyers are up to the challenge. Our number one goal is to secure a full compensation award on your behalf. At Lorenz & Lorenz, PLLC, we don’t rest until we have explored every avenue for recovering compensation in your case.
Call an Experienced Waco Workers’ Compensation Attorney for a Free Case Evaluation Today
Many injured workers don’t think they need an accident attorney to help with their claim. In most cases, a lawyer can help increase your compensation award. Workers who have an accident lawyer can receive more in benefits and see their cases resolved faster.
Start learning about your legal rights today. At Lorenz & Lorenz, PLLC, we offer a free case review so that we can explain your legal options. Call to schedule your 100% free case review with an experienced Waco workers’ compensation attorney.