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What to Look for in a Work-Related Injury Attorney: Pat Maloney Has It All!

When you need a work-related injury attorney, you want one who covers all the bases. With over 50 years of service in the San Antonio area, the lawyers of the Law Offices of Pat Maloney have all the skills you need to make your case a success.

 

 

We Are Prepared

 

Our attorneys specialize in the three major categories of personal injuries:

 

  1. Car Accidents.
    In auto accident litigation, our attorneys have handled cases that involved injuries ranging from broken bones to head injuries to career- and life-ending spinal injuries.

 

  1. Trucking Accidents.
    Texas, as a state, has among the highest number of trucks on the road. With so many large vehicles involved in heavily traveled highways, all it takes is a moment’s inattention for a driver to cause serious injury or fatal accidents. Our work-related injury attorneys are well versed in the rules and regulations that are supposed to protect innocent victims of careless truck drivers.

 

  1. Workplace Accidents.
    When you’re hurt at your job and need a work-related injury attorney, our lawyers are there for you and your family because the people most impacted by your inability to work are the loved ones who depend on you. No matter what kind of job you have in any industry, our attorneys are prepared to back you up with a thorough knowledge of applicable state, local, and federal laws.

 

Our Success Rate Is Well Documented

Look no further than our website for a long list of successfully litigated injury cases. We’re proud of our record of making sure our clients receive the full and just amount they’re due for the pain and suffering they’ve endured from someone else’s carelessness.

 

 

We Come Highly Recommended

If the only form of advertisement available was word of mouth, that would be all we would need to call ourselves a success. Our long list of awards and accolades speaks for itself, but past clients’ testimonials are our proudest achievement.

 

 

Our work-related injury attorneys are ready to help you when you suffer a job-related mishap. Contact us as soon as you’re able.

6 Facts About Workers Compensation — Do You Need an Attorney?

You have pain that started while on the job. You’re certain — or at least strongly suspect — that you might be eligible for workers compensation. You mention it to a friend, and suddenly, you’re being regaled with all kinds of “me too” or “a friend of mine” stories and advice. While well intentioned, keep in mind that you may be hearing more myth than facts.

 

So, what’s the truth?

 

  1. Work-related injuries don’t always occur at the work site. A trip and fall on a construction site, a repetitive stress injury at an office workstation, or an accident on a factory floor are locations most people think of when it comes to workers compensation claims. However, a significant number of injuries occur in car crashes as employees travel for their jobs.
  2. Illnesses, not accidents, account for hundreds of deaths each year. An illness could afflict a worker in a healthcare setting, a factory worker in an industrial setting, or a construction worker exposed to the elements.
  3. Employees of medium-sized companies file more workers compensation claims than those who work for small or large companies. Why? Workers for small firms may assume (or are told) the company is too small to carry coverage; larger corporations tend to have the resources to invest in employee training to minimize accidents and injuries.
  4. Workers compensation laws vary by state. Therefore, it’s important to study and be aware of details like filing deadlines and statutes of limitations — and to take your out-of-state brother-in-law’s advice with a grain of salt.
  5. Workers compensation claims can cross state lines. If a company is based in one state but an employee is injured on a work-related task in another, the employee may be able to file claims in both states.
  6. Every workers compensation claim requires an attorney. Strictly speaking, this isn’t true, but a particularly complicated case (see above re: multi-state claims) or a severe injury that impacts a worker’s physical and/or cognitive capacity will certainly benefit with an attorney’s assistance.

 

Contact us today to find out if your workers compensation claim needs the expertise of a qualified attorney.

 

4 Reasons to Talk to a Work-Related Injury Attorney

When you suffer a work-related injury, attorney advice will undoubtedly include picking up the phone and calling a lawyer. Many workers, unwilling to be the squeaky wheel or to test their employer’s commitment to their workers, often go along with however the company wants to handle the incident, especially if the injury seems too insignificant at the time to bother “making a big deal” out of it.

 

 

When is the right time to talk to a work-related injury attorney?

 

 

  1. Before Too Much Time Has Passed

Depending on where you live, your window of opportunity to file for worker’s compensation is fairly narrow. By the time you realize that you’re getting the runaround, that your employer isn’t going to cover your expenses, or that your injury is more serious than you first thought, your chance to get what you deserve could be gone.

 

 

  1. When You Need an Advocate

Your employer’s insurance company generally isn’t interested in your welfare — it’s interested in paying out as little as possible. Sure, you may like your colleagues and your boss, but these are separate and distinct from the company’s lawyers and insurance policies. You need a work-related injury attorney who is looking out for your interests and who knows the intricacies of workers’ comp law inside and out. This way, you can concentrate on healing while we do the legwork.

 

 

  1. When Your Expenses Are Mounting

When you’re hurt, everything can become a blur. Weeks go by before you know it, the medical bills start coming in, and you’re unsure who’s supposed to pay them. Worse, you may discover that your regular doctor doesn’t handle work-related injuries and the doctors who do are swamped. One small mistake in a test or billing can send you back to square one. Meanwhile, you aren’t getting a paycheck. A work-related injury attorney can help you make sense of the confusion.

 

 

  1. When Your Employer Says It’s Your Fault

Ideally, you want a work-related injury attorney on your side as soon as possible after an incident occurs. They will advise you on what to do in the event your employer tries to pin liability on you and therefore, refuses to pay.

 

 

Don’t wait for the chips to fall where they may. Call one of our work-related injury attorneys now — sooner rather than later.

Most Common Causes of Accidents at Work

You’re careful. Your driving record is spotless. Your nickname definitely isn’t “Crash” or “Klutz.” Why should you have to think about causes of accidents at work? You don’t check your normal caution at the office door, right?

 

Some of the most common causes of accidents at work could surprise you.

 

Overstraining

 

When your supervisor holds training sessions on how to properly lift and move heavy objects, don’t stare off into space, thinking about lunch. Improper technique is the number-one cause of accidents at work. You don’t have to work heavy labor to get the same kinds of injuries. If your office job requires lifting relatively light loads, like books, files, and paper, make sure you’re doing it properly to avoid injury. Even sitting the wrong way in your computer chair can cause a repetitive stress injury.

 

Falls

 

Factory workers certainly must be conscious of obstacles at floor level. But what about office workers? A bottom file cabinet drawer carelessly left open, spilled coffee, a wastebasket not returned to its proper place, or an exposed computer cord can cause just as serious an injury.

 

Everyday Distractions

 

Employees are expected to leave their off-time lives at the office door, but the reality is that day-to-day worries over family, money, and pressing schedules are among the leading causes of accidents at work. If you’re in a texting argument with your teenager, do it while you’re sitting down safely in a chair, not while walking around, glaring at your phone. You might trip over something or walk into a door. At worst, you might forget to follow some other safety procedure and thus endanger someone else.

 

We know you do your best to avoid the main causes of accidents at work. But if the worst happens, call us to ensure that you receive just and fair compensation.

A Quick Guide on Avoiding Construction Accidents

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Accidents happen, even if you think you’ve taken every precaution. Avoiding construction accidents should be everyone’s top priority, from the boss right on down to the newest member of the crew. This should also be a goal for people who don’t work the concrete ribbons or the big steel, but encounter a construction site while going about their everyday business.

 

 

What the Company Can Do

  • Provide effective training.
  • Provide adequate safety equipment and establish a no-exceptions rule to using it.
  • Perform regular inspections/reviews of the site, equipment, maintenance records, and employee procedures.
  • Equip all hazardous tools with appropriate safety guards.
  • Provide safe, dry, and secure areas for equipment storage and maintenance.
  • Adhere to local, state, and national safety regulations.

 

What the Crew Can Do

  • When pulled off a job to participate in a training exercise, don’t complain—give the new procedure or refresher your full attention.
  • Avoiding construction accidents means not using a piece of equipment on which you haven’t received training.
  • Crew members who are sick should stay home or perform only low-risk tasks if taking any medications that make them sleepy or dizzy.
  • If a work area needs guardrails, hand holds, non-slip surfaces to walk on, or barriers to reroute traffic, workers should inform supervisors of the situation.
  • Be aware of the hazards of working on or around dangerous areas such as raised scaffolding, open trenches, and machinery with exposed moving parts.
  • Watch not only your own back, but keep an eye out for your coworkers as well.

 

What the General Public Can Do

  • Speed limits are often lowered in road construction zones. Avoiding construction accidents means staying within the posted speed limit and keeping an eye out for workers who often must do their jobs a few feet or less from lanes of moving traffic.
  • Whether driving or walking, respect temporary barriers that have been set up to protect not only the construction workers, but you as well. Don’t be “that guy” who was too impatient to take an alternate route to your destination.

 

Avoiding construction accidents takes a combined effort. Call us if someone dropped the ball and you wound up hurt.

When to Reach Out to a Work-Related Injury Attorney

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Question: Do you need to hire a work-related injury attorney as soon as you’ve had a mishap on the job? Answer: It depends.

 

 

In cases like the following, you don’t need an attorney to navigate through the workers’ comp system:

  • It’s indisputable that the mishap occurred on company property (or on a job site) while you were performing work-related tasks.
  • The injury was minor—a bruise, sprain, or cut that needed a couple of stitches.
  • You didn’t need to take time off to recover.
  • No pre-existing illness contributed to the accident.

 

Even if you don’t wind up needing a work-related injury attorney, it won’t hurt to schedule a quick, often free consultation to ensure you’re not overlooking anything. Then, if you decide later you need representation, you already have a relationship established.

 

How do you know when you need to call in the troops? Here are a few red flags:

  • You’ve done everything you’re supposed to do (and hit all the deadlines), yet your claim is denied. Or your settlement is so slow to arrive, you wind up in collections due to unpaid medical bills.
  • Your claim successfully worked its way through the system, but the compensation doesn’t cover your bills or lost income.
  • You’re doing so poorly you can’t return to your previous work, and you’re also unable to work at any other job due to your injury.
  • You were fired because you got injured and filed a legitimate claim.
  • A third party contributed to the occurrence and/or severity of your injuries, such as faulty equipment or a worker from another company.
  • The government (through Social Security) grabs a big chunk of your settlement because it wasn’t worded properly.

 

When you’re hurt on the job, there’s no time to waste—call for a free consultation with a work-related injury attorney!

A San Antonio Work Injury Attorney Cares About Your Accident

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You get along well with everyone at work, from your colleagues to your boss, and his or her boss. So well, in fact, you may be reluctant to file a report when you get hurt on the job. You don’t want to cause trouble for the people you like, and that’s admirable. That would also be a mistake—just ask any competent San Antonio work injury attorney.

 

 

 

 

Workers’ compensation laws were enacted for your protection, and to make sure employers can’t wiggle out of paying up when they’ve failed to provide adequate preventive training and workplace safety measures. Sure, your boss may like you personally and be satisfied with your job performance. Once you file an injury claim, however, you’ll find out who your real friends are on the job.

 

Even if you trust your employer to do right by you, it makes sense to be aware of what you need to do and your deadlines in order to cover your legal bases. That’s why there’s no better protector to have on your side than a qualified San Antonio work injury attorney.

 

What should you do when you’ve suffered a work-related injury?

 

• Report the incident. In most if not all incidents, you have a very narrow window of time to report your injury. So even if your back strain or twisted ankle seems minor, don’t wait to report it to your boss and/or human resources department. A delay could end up hurting you more.

 

• Check the bureau of workers’ compensation website for your state. While each state is slightly different, the website should have the proper procedures and forms listed.

 

• Retain a San Antonio work injury attorney. If all the procedures, forms, and rules seem overwhelming—and they probably will—don’t wait to contact a San Antonio work injury lawyer to not only guide you through the process, but relieve you of some of the burden so you can concentrate on getting well and getting back to work.

 

Need a San Antonio work injury attorney? Pat Maloney has some of the best. Contact us today!

Suffering from Head Trauma? A San Antonio Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

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Just because your accident didn’t result in you lying unconscious in bed for weeks or months doesn’t necessarily mean you haven’t suffered a serious head injury. That’s why you need a San Antonio personal injury lawyer who is up to speed on all the latest research into the symptoms and treatment of traumatic brain injuries.

 

 

 

Outward Signs of Possible Brain Injury

A medical diagnosis of any degree of brain injury can be difficult, particularly if the patient has a pre-existing condition that might mask the symptoms of mild impairment.

 

Here are some of the signs first responders and doctors look for that indicate they could be dealing with head trauma:

 

  • Bleeding scalp wounds
  • Facial fractures, open or closed
  • Facial bruising
  • Loss of consciousness for any length of time
  • Nasal discharge, whether bloody or clear
  • Stiffness in the cervical spine

 

Timely documentation (written and images) are critical not only for diagnosis and treatment, but to provide a solid foundation on which a San Antonio personal injury lawyer can build your case.

 

Subtler Symptoms to Watch for

Some symptoms of brain injury can be deceptively mild and too easily brushed off. The symptom may depend on which of the brain’s six main regions are affected. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to:

 

Frontal lobe (forehead/crown)

  • Inability to perform a common, multi-step task in sequence
  • Fixation on a single thought or idea
  • Mood swings
  • Sudden onset of ADD-like behavior
  • Unable to come up with the words to complete a sentence

 

Parietal lobe (sides)

  • Difficulty reading or writing
  • Can’t tell left from right
  • Inability to solve simple math problems
  • Loss of eye/hand coordination
  • Lack of awareness of personal hygiene

 

Occipital lobe (back)

  • Visual disturbances
  • Hallucinations
  • Inability to distinguish colors or recognize a written word
  • Reading/writing impairment

 

Temporal lobe (above ears)

  • Inability to recognize familiar faces
  • Memory loss
  • Constant talking
  • Unusual increase in aggressive behavior

 

Brain stem (core of brain)

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Decreased breath control
  • Balance disturbance
  • Insomnia

 

Cerebellum (base of skull)

  • Decrease in fine motor skills
  • Muscle tremors
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Slurred speech

 

Because the brain can take several months to heal, the effects of a brain injury can impact almost every area of a victim’s life, from personal relationships to their ability to hold on to a job. These same symptoms can make it nearly impossible to gain adequate compensation through insurance or the court system.

 

That’s why it’s critical to contact a San Antonio personal injury lawyer as soon as possible—before you think you need one. The Law Offices of Pat Maloney offer an experienced team of personal injury lawyers ready to help. Contact us today!

Recover from Your Burns with a San Antonio Work Injury Lawyer

Out of all the wounds a San Antonio work injury lawyer sees from day to day, burns are among the most painful to witness.

 

 

 

 

The ways you can be burned on the job are wide and varied:

 

• Thermal (heat). This is the type most people think of when they hear the word “burn.” Some industrial environments require workers to be in close proximity to flames, steam, hot metal or other objects, or heated liquids.

• Cold. When workers are chronically exposed to cold, wet, and/or sub-freezing temperatures on a job site, the resulting frostbite is classified as a burn.

• Electrical. Indoor workers who come in contact with electrical wiring or outdoor workers who are exposed to lightning can get electrocution burns.

• Chemical. Among the most horrendous and damaging burns, chemical burns can quickly penetrate all layers of the skin, or work slowly and insidiously while the employee works to contain a spill before taking the time to rinse off a substance.

• Radiation. Outdoor workers exposed to the sun or medical workers exposed to x-rays can incur radiation burns. (Yes, sunburn is classified as a radiation burn.)

• Friction. Also commonly referred to as “road rash,” a friction burn is a combination of a scrape and a heat burn generated from sliding across a solid object or coming in contact with a moving object such as an assembly line belt.

 

As with any work-related injury, make sure you are seen by a doctor as soon as possible, even if the burn seems minor. In general, a minor burn may hurt more than a burn that has penetrated so many layers of skin it may have killed the nerves that send pain signals to the brain.

 

Proper treatment for a burn is imperative. Without it, scar tissue can form during the weeks and months following the incident. Depending on its location, scar tissue can interfere with joint movement, crack and become ulcerated, and—at the very least—be unpleasant to look at.

 

Be an active participant in your recovery by following your doctor’s instructions to the letter, and contact a San Antonio work injury lawyer to ensure you receive full and fair compensation.

What Evidence Does a San Antonio Workplace Injury Lawyer Need?

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Gathering evidence for a San Antonio workplace injury lawyer to evaluate can be a delicate process. The company against which you’re gathering proof of your injury likely has you under a microscope, and while you’re building a claim, chances are good they’re also quietly organizing to defeat it. Or, at least, to pay out as little as possible.

 

 

 

What does a San Antonio workplace injury lawyer need to know to properly evaluate your case?

 

Where and When it Happened

Where were you and what were you doing at the time the injury occurred? Was it on company property or while engaging in company business elsewhere, but on company time? Even if it took place at a company-related recreational activity like a holiday party or picnic, it could qualify as a workplace injury. A San Antonio workplace injury lawyer will know what state laws apply to your case.

 

It will help to have photographs of the injury and where it occurred to document dangerous conditions such as a wet floor or an unsafe working environment.

 

Your Employment Status

Do you have a formal, signed employment contract? Or were you informally hired to do some temporary work on a cash-only basis? Were you driving a company truck or using your own vehicle and equipment? Without a signed document stating you are definitely employed by that company, they could claim you are a temporary contractor and, therefore, not qualified to receive compensation for a workplace injury.

 

Injury Documentation

Did you seek treatment right away? You will need proof in the form of medical records and doctor notes. Also, you will need to have notified your employer of the incident within a specific Workers’ Compensation Act deadline.

 

Witnesses

If there are any witnesses to your workplace injury, they could be valuable in proving your case. “Witnesses” include anyone who saw your accident when it happened and medical professionals who saw you after the fact.

 

For more expert advice, schedule a free consultation with an experienced San Antonio workplace injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Pat Maloney.