One serious injury that people working for non-subscriber employers in Texas can suffer in a workplace accident is an internal injury. Unlike other injuries, internal bleeding or organ damage may not be immediately apparent. It could take hours or days before an individual experiences symptoms, and at this point, the injury may have become life-threatening.
Two Types of Trauma That Cause Internal Injuries
Two types of trauma to the body in a workplace accident can cause internal organ damage and bleeding. They are:
- Blunt-force trauma. Blunt-force trauma occurs when a person’s body collides with another object, especially when the impact is at high speed or with great force. This can cause blood vessels to be crushed or torn.
- Penetrating trauma. A person can suffer penetrating trauma when an object penetrates his body in the accident and tears holes in his blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs.
Workplace Accidents That Cause Internal Bleeding and Organ Damage
Because of the varied causes of internal injuries, individuals in many different jobs are at risk of suffering them in an accident. Truck drivers, office workers, healthcare professionals, construction workers, salespeople, factory workers, and others can suffer these injuries. Workplace accidents that cause internal organ damage and bleeding include:
- Car, truck, pedestrian, and forklift accidents
- Falls and falls from heights
- Being caught between machinery or large objects
- Having an object, such as a power tool, objects in a vehicle, or parts of heavy equipment, penetrate the body
- Being struck by heavy equipment
- Assaults, gunshots, and stabbings
Your Right to Compensation for Internal Injuries Caused in an Accident at Your Job
If you work for an employer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area who has opted out of providing workers’ compensation benefits, you are entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering if you can prove that they were caused by your employer’s negligence. Under Texas law, you only have to show that your company was at least one percent at fault to establish your right to damages.
Although it will be easier to prove your employer’s negligence in causing your injuries, you still need the assistance of an experienced workplace accident attorney. He can collect the evidence that proves your claim and negotiate your settlement with your employer’s insurance company, who will most likely fight to deny or reduce your claim. To learn how we can assist you, call our office today to schedule an appointment with our skilled non-subscriber workplace injury lawyers.