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While it's true that many work accidents are the result of unsafe working conditions and environmental hazards, the root cause of many workplace accidents has to do with the events leading up to the incidents.

The link between a lack of training and work injuries is often overlooked. As such, our Corpus Christi work injury attorneys are here to shed some light on how inadequately-trained workers lead to a high risk of workplace accidents and injuries.

Common Examples of Inadequate Training

Employees who don't receive proper training before being allowed to work pose a danger to themselves and those whom they are working with. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) specifically cites a lack of training as a leading hazard in workplaces across the U.S.

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Workers' compensation insurance exists so that 1.) employees are protected from out-of-pocket expenses related to work injuries and 2.) employers are protected from lawsuits and having to pay for the expenses of workers injured on the job.

Texas is one of the few states that does not require employers to offer workers' compensation benefits to employees. While employers are generally encouraged to have this coverage, not all do. And as we know, work injuries can happen in any work industry or job position. So how can you pursue compensation if you aren't covered by workers' comp?

Non-Subscriber Employers and Work Injuries

If your employer doesn't offer workers' compensation as a job benefit, they are known as “non-subscribers”—as in non-subscribers to the statewide workers' comp system. As such, they lose certain legal protections, including immunity from lawsuits filed by injured employees.

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Many people know that, when a worker is injured on the job, they can file a workers' compensation claim in order to make up for lost wages and medical expenses related to their injury. But what happens when a worker contracts a disease or falls ill because of their job?

Illnesses and Scope of Employment

Fortunately, Texas workers' compensation laws also apply to illnesses, diseases, and other conditions that are related to a workers' specific job duties. This means that a worker who gets sick on the job can pursue benefits to get the care that they need.

In order to successfully do so, however, an injured worker must prove two things for the case:

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In today's world, it's difficult to find a person that isn't on some form of social media, be it Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, or another platform. Status updates and sharing pictures with our online friends are now commonplace, and sometimes we hit the “send” button without thinking too much about it.

When something major happens in your life, such as a work accident or injury, you may feel inclined to share your experience online. However, a seemingly innocent post could have devastating effects on the outcome of your work injury claim.

Social Media Used Against You

Let's say that you were involved in a workplace accident where you slipped and injured your back. While you are recovering from this injury, you are unable to work and suffer lost wages. So, you file a workers' compensation claim in order to get benefits and make up for this lost period of work.

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Many workplace injuries occur in Texas every day. According to the Texas Department of Insurance, there were 2 nonfatal injuries/illnesses in Texas per 100 full-time workers in 2018.

When a worker is injured performing their job duties, they may be out of work for a period of time while they heal. To make up for these lost wages and related medical expenses, injured workers can receive workers' compensation benefits.

But, what happens if your employer fires you before you get a chance to file a claim? Can they legally terminate you as an employee just because you sustained a work injury?

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