It’s rare for a lawyer to have first-hand experience of real, hard work. With Alford & Clark, however, you can be represented by a lawyer who grew up turning wrenches, wearing FRCs in the Texas heat, and pulling 7/12s on a shutdown. Our family and friends are boilermakers, pipe fitters, and crane operators. Our plant accident lawyers know the difference between what a company’s safety policy says on paper and what company safety looks like in the real-world. You can trust Alford & Clark to apply real-world experience to your case.
Alford & Clark also has the legal experience. Our refinery accident attorneys have tried cases against some of the nation’s largest industrial companies and have dealt with some of the most complex issues in the field. Industrial companies and their insurance carriers have a lot to lose. As a result, they will use every trick in the book to try to dodge responsibility and minimize your recovery. If you’ve been injured in a plant or refinery, know that the company has experienced lawyers in its corner, so you need Alford & Clark in yours.
Alford & Clark is a full-service firm that prides itself on client satisfaction. When you hire us, we take care of all the headaches – both big and small. We help you get the medical care you need, help you receive fair compensation, and help you move on with your life.
Call us now for a free, confidential consultation. Our attorneys are on call – 24/7 – and are happy to answer any questions absolutely free of charge. If you decide to hire us, you will never pay us out of your own pocket. Our attorney fee is only a percentage of case winnings, so there is zero risk to you. If we don’t win, no matter how much we spent fighting on your behalf, you will never owe us a dime. We only get paid when we win your case.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 requires all private-sector employers to provide a safe workplace, free of known health and safety hazards, to their employees, and requires both employers and their employees to comply with all OSHA standards and regulations.
If you have concerns, you have the right to speak up about them without fear of retaliation. You also have the right to:
OSHA standards are designed to help prevent needless workplace tragedies. Unfortunately, many companies are cutting costs and cutting corners and are not making sufficient efforts to live up to their obligations under the law to keep you safe. While violations of OSHA standards are not necessarily enough on their own to prove an employer’s negligence as a matter of law in a lawsuit arising from a workplace injury, they certainly can and will be used by Alford & Clark as evidence of negligence.
Like many other federal laws, OSHA does not override state laws that provide a higher level of protection for employees. Instead, OSHA sets a minimum floor that all private-sector employers have to meet. In Texas, many occupations have their own set of specific regulations, and you can count on Alford & Clark to review the state-level workplace safety and health laws that may apply to your case.
Workplace safety regulations can be be complex, and you need Alford & Clark in your corner when you go up against the powerful corporations and insurance companies.
If you are injured on the job, the remedies that you will be able to seek will depend largely on whether or not your employer maintained workers compensation insurance.
If your employer has workers’ compensation insurance, you may be prevented from suing your employer because Texas law provides that recovery of workers’ compensation benefits is the exclusive remedy of an employee covered by workers’ compensation insurance coverage against the employer for the death of or a work-related injury sustained by the employee.
However, in especially egregious cases of employer and co-worker recklessness or intentional acts that tragically end in death, even when there is Workers’ Compensation coverage, the surviving spouse and children of the deceased employee are still allowed under the Texas Workers Compensation Act to bring a suit to recover exemplary damages from the employer. Those exemplary damages are designed to punish wrongdoers, rather than to compensate you for what you have suffered.
On the other hand, if an employer was a non-subscriber at the time of the accident, Texas law allows the employee to bring a lawsuit against the company to recover for personal injuries or death sustained by the employee working in the course and scope of the employment, and the law will bar that employer from arguing the following defenses: (1) that the employee was guilty of contributory negligence by failing to act prudently, (2) that the employee assumed the risk of injury or death, and (3) that the injury or death was caused by the negligence of a fellow employee.
At Alford & Clark, we will track down every source of compensation available to help you recover after an accident and will help you identify any individuals or companies in additional to your employer who may be responsible for your damages.