3 Ways to Track Progress With Your Workplace Injury Claim

If you were hurt on the job, getting your workplace injury claim approved and through the system in a timely manner is important so that you can get the compensation you need to pay your medical bills and support your family. Workers’ compensation claims are notoriously slow, and as employers and claims processors delay paperwork, the injured individual is the one who suffers. If you want to track the progress of your claim and ensure that it moves speedily through the process, consider the following methods:


  1. Speak to your employers. If your employers are being cooperative, speak to them about the progress of your injury claim. Ask if they’ve filed the Employer’s First Report with their insurance provider, and see if they’ve followed suit with the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI).


  1. Check with the insurer. If your employer is not being cooperative or communicative, check directly with their insurance provider to track the progress of your claim. In most cases, you can either go to the insurer’s website and enter the claim number, or contact a company representative and get more details over the phone.


  1. Get an attorney involved. If talking to your employer or the insurance company isn’t working, involve an outside attorney to help track your workplace injury claim and ensure that it moves quickly through the system. The attorney will work with your employer, their insurer, and the TDI to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve in a timely manner, and they can also help you take legal action in the event that your employer doesn’t carry workers’ compensation insurance.


If you were injured on the job, don’t let your workplace injury claim get delayed. Contact an attorney at the Law Offices of Pat Maloney today. We’ll ensure that you get the money you deserve, fast.

Truck Accidents Attorney: What To Expect In Loss Of Life Cases

Unlike most car accidents that only necessitate filing a claim and having your car repaired, accidents involving semi-trucks are more complicated, and if a life was lost as a result of the accident, the filing process and resulting case can become further convoluted. If you have lost a loved one due to a truck accident, call a truck accidents attorney to move forward with your claim. Read on to learn what your attorney will do and what you can expect during the claims process.


Determining Who’s to Blame
One of the first things a truck accidents attorney will do is help to determine the at-fault party – the person who caused the wreck that led to the wrongful death of your loved one. In most car accident cases, the at-fault party is usually the other driver. With truck accidents, however, determining who’s to blame is much more complicated. Because big trucks are often used for business purposes, many additional parties who were not directly involved in the accident itself can be held responsible for the wreck. A few of these potentially liable parties are:


  • The truck driver – The person who was operating the truck at the time of the wreck. If the driver was operating irresponsibly, was not following traffic laws, or committed another error, they could be to blame for the accident.


  • The driver’s employer – The company or person that employs the driver who was behind the wheel during the accident. Inadequate employee screening, overworking drivers, and other actions could make the company responsible if a wreck occurs.


  • The truck manufacturer – The company that manufactured the truck involved in the wreck. The manufacturer could be held responsible if a defect or malfunction was the cause of the accident.


  • The person who loaded or balanced the truck – The individual or group of individuals responsible for loading cargo into the truck, securing it, or balancing it before the trip began. These persons could be blamed for the wreck if unbalanced or poorly loaded cargo caused the driver to lose control and the truck rolled or flipped.


  • The person who cared for or maintained the truck – The auto shop or mechanic who recently inspected, cared for, or made a repair on the truck. If this person performed inadequate work, failed to recognize signs of a malfunction or defect, or made another error that led to the accident, they could be held responsible.


Sometimes more than one party is responsible, and if this is the case, your truck accidents attorney can help you take action against one or all of them.


Filing a Wrongful Death Claim
Once your truck accidents attorney has determined the appropriate at-fault party, the next step is to file a wrongful death claim. According to Texas laws, the statute of limitations on wrongful death suits is two years, so your claim must be filed within 24 months of your loved one’s death or you’ll lose the chance to take action.


After the claim has been filed, your attorney will determine how much your claim should garner you. In the event that the at-fault party wants to settle out of court, you’ll need to have a figure in mind that you are willing to settle on. Attorneys will take into account medical bills incurred, funeral and burial costs, property damage, pain and suffering, lost income, lost benefits, and many other factors to determine an acceptable settlement figure.


Next they’ll begin gathering evidence to prove your claim. This could include your loved one’s medical records, the Driver Qualification File (DQF) and the log book of the truck driver in question, traffic camera videos, police reports, and witness testimonies. They also may call in an expert witness who can discuss facets of the case that require a more detailed explanation.


Did You Lose a Loved One?
If you have recently lost a loved one in a truck accident, act now. Contact a truck accidents attorney at the Law Offices of Pat Maloney today for a free case evaluation.