One of the most challenging aspects of pursuing legal recourse following an accident at an industrial plant or refinery is the complex investigative process that usually follows such incidents. Since plants and refineries are beholden to strict government regulations, accidents require thorough investigation from government agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and others. In addition, industrial accident cases require thorough legal review, meaning you need a Houston plant and refinery accident lawyer who is well versed in handling this type of case.
If you are injured at work, you might think that you can rely on the state’s workers’ compensation system to provide you with financial relief for your medical expenses and lost income. However, Texas is unlike most other states in that workers’ compensation is not mandatory for Texas employers. Some employers have workers’ compensation coverage while others do not. If your employer carries workers’ compensation insurance, you can have your attorney help you navigate the claim process. However, there is no guarantee that you will secure total compensation for the entire scope of your losses. Additionally, your employer may not be exactly forthcoming with the materials necessary for your claim, and they may even take adverse action against you for your intention to pursue a workers’ compensation claim.