Injured Worker RightsRising Workplace Risks: A Call to Action for Safety and Awareness

As we dive into another busy workweek, it’s crucial to stay informed about the growing risks in our workplaces. Texas Mutual recently released a report highlighting a nearly 6% increase in severe injuries in 2023 compared to the previous year. This alarming trend underscores the importance of safety measures and awareness across various industries, particularly for those in high-risk jobs.

Texas Mutual Insurance Company is not only the largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Texas but also one of the most formidable adversaries for claimants. Known for their aggressive stance in defending claims and denying benefits, they have built a reputation among claimants’ attorneys as a challenging opponent. This underscores the importance of having experienced legal representation when dealing with Texas Mutual.

Construction Industry: A Hotspot for Hazards

The construction industry topped the charts for serious incidents, accounting for a whopping 39% of all reported severe injuries in Texas last year. That’s more than three times the number of reported claims in any other industry! The increase is particularly striking in specific construction sectors:

  • Specialty Trade Contractors: 133% increase
  • Oil and Gas Pipeline Construction: 175% increase
  • Power and Communication Line Construction: 500% increase
  • Electrocution-related claims in the construction industry also saw a staggering 150% increase. These numbers highlight the inherent dangers in construction work, from high-rise building projects to intricate electrical installations.

Industries at Risk: Beyond Construction

While construction remains the most hazardous, other industries aren’t far behind. Mining, administrative support, waste management, and remediation services each accounted for 11% of serious incidents. Manufacturing followed with 7%, and transportation, warehousing, agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting each contributed to 5% of the severe injuries. The remaining 22% spanned various other industries, painting a broad picture of workplace risks.

Navigating the Aftermath: Steps to Take After an Injury

If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, it’s crucial to take immediate steps to ensure safety and secure your rights:

  • Seek Medical Attention: Your health is the top priority. Get immediate medical help, even if the injury seems minor at first.
  • Report the Injury: Notify your employer about the incident as soon as possible. Documentation is key in workers’ compensation claims.
  • Consult an Attorney: Navigating the complexities of workers’ compensation and potential legal claims can be daunting. An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Why Legal Help Matters

Workplace injuries can have far-reaching consequences, affecting your physical health, emotional well-being, and financial stability. At Abbott, Clay & Bedoy, LLC, we are dedicated to defending the rights of injured workers. Whether you’re dealing with the aftermath of a construction accident, an electrocution incident, or any other workplace injury, we’re here to guide you through the process and fight for your rights.

Stay Safe and Stay Informed

The rise in severe workplace injuries is a stark reminder of the importance of safety and vigilance in our daily work lives. By staying informed and taking proactive steps, we can help reduce these risks and create safer working environments for everyone.

If you or a loved one has been injured at work, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for expert legal assistance. Call us at 713-223-1234 or chat live with one of our operators. Together, we can work towards a safer and more secure future for all workers.

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