You Don’t Have to Fight Alone
The entire team at The Espinoza Law Firm is devoted to helping Texas workers who have been wronged in any way. Our attorneys have extensive knowledge and experience in litigating, trying and arbitrating civil work injury, worker’s compensation claims and termination cases. Our team has years of experience and practices in civil litigation of all types. Call 210.229.1300 or 1-877-229-3232 today to schedule your free consultation.
We focus on handling the following types of cases:
Non-Subscriber Work Injuries
Many major Texas employers choose to opt out of the Texas workers’ compensation system, becoming what we know as a “non-subscriber.” Texas employers are not legally required or obligated to provide medical care to employees who sustain on-the-job injuries if they are non-subscribers. Instead, injured employees have the right to sue in court for damages resulting from on-the-job injuries that were the result of their employers’ negligence. If you have been injured at work and do not know whether or not your employer subscribes to the workers’ compensation system in Texas, call us for a free consultation or click here to learn more about non-subscriber work injury cases.
Third Party Work Injuries
There are times when an employee gets injured on the job due to the negligence of some other party that is neither the employee (first party) nor the employer (second party). A claim can usually be brought against the third party for its negligence. These cases often occur from construction worksite accidents and oilfield injuries. For example, if a bricklayer comes onto a construction site and suffers an electrocution due to the negligence of the electrical contractors, he may receive workers’ compensation benefits from his employer that are not enough to fully compensate him for his injuries. He may still be able to pursue a third party work injury claim against the electrical contractors for their negligence that caused his injuries. To learn more about third party work injury cases, click here or contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.
Employers with Workers’ Compensation Insurance
In cases in which employees are injured on the job and their employers have workers’ compensation insurance, injured employees do not have the right to sue in Texas courts for their injuries. Instead, they must pursue beneﬁts through their employers’ workers’ compensation insurance, which is regulated through the State of Texas. Dealing with the workers’ compensation system and adjusters can be difficult and dangerous without the assistance of an attorney to protect your rights and benefits. If you have been injured and need to pursue workers’ compensation benefits, you should act proactively to ensure you receive benefits you are entitled to but which the insurance companies will fight to keep. Click here to learn more or contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Claims
Although Texas is an “at-will” employment state, meaning that both the employer and the employee may terminate the employment relationship at any time, for good reason, bad reason, or no reason at all, Section 451 of the Texas Labor Code states that it is illegal for an employer to discriminate/retaliate against an employee for ﬁling a workers’ compensation claim in good faith. If you have been fired soon after filing a workers’ compensation claim or getting injured on the job, contact our office so that we may investigate your potential claims. We can help you fight for workers’ compensation benefits and pursue an unlawful termination claim at the same time. To learn more, click here or call our office to schedule a consultation.
Employment Discrimination & Retaliation
State and federal laws prohibit employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their race, national origin, gender, age, disability, or religion. Laws also prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who oppose discriminatory conduct in the workplace. If you have been terminated from your job and believe it was for a discriminatory or retaliatory reason, you may be able to bring a claim against your employer under state or federal law, but, the laws require action to be taken within six months. Contact us to protect your rights and determine whether you may have a valid discrimination or retaliation claim. Click here to learn more about these claims or contact our office to schedule a consultation.
18 Wheeler Accidents
An estimated 500,000 trucking accidents occur each year in the United States. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act speciﬁes many requirements for trucking companies and their drivers to follow. Despite the high risk of serious injuries posed by these heavy vehicles, many commercial carriers do not follow the federal guidelines and sometimes do not even properly train or qualify their drivers. If you have been injured in a trucking accident with an 18 wheeler, contact us to schedule a consultation or click here to learn more.
The Espinoza Law Firm, PLLC provides professional legal representation in all aspects of litigating personal injury and wrongful death claims, including trial, arbitration, and appeals.