Trey justin hero edit in the aftermath of a logging accident, you may have substantial losses and ongoing challenges. Not only can you have high medical bills and severe pain and suffering to deal with, but you may find yourself with physical limitations that prevent you from going back to work. This can mean a severe hit to your income when it feels like you need money more than ever.  

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In the aftermath of a logging accident, you may have substantial losses and ongoing challenges. Not only can you have high medical bills and severe pain and suffering to deal with, but you may find yourself with physical limitations that prevent you from going back to work. This can mean a severe hit to your income when it feels like you need money more than ever. 

Whether you suffered a logging injury at work or due to the negligence of another party, you have the right to pursue compensation for those damages. A logging injury lawyer at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers can support you as you pursue a personal injury claim.

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common logging accident injuries

Logging often involves working with heavy equipment in a potentially dangerous environment. As a result, victims can end up with substantial injuries, including:

Logging accidents often result in catastrophic injuries. When you suffer injuries in a logging accident, a personal injury claim or workers comp claim can compensate you for those injuries. 

How Logging Accidents Occur

Logging is one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in America, with an estimated 82 fatal injuries per 100,000 full-time workers each year and around 3.1 non-fatal injuries per 100 full-time workers each year. Accidents can occur due to:

  • Falls
  • Contact with objects, including falling limbs or trees
  • Faulty or damaged equipment

Logging injuries can occur due to the natural dangers of the role and dealing with nature. But they can also occur due to negligence by employers, equipment manufacturers, and other workers. 

Workers' Comp Claims vs. Personal Injury Claims

To file a claim after a logging accident, you must determine whether you must file a personal injury or workers’ comp claim.

Personal Injury Claims

You can file a personal injury claim when another party’s negligence led to your logging accident. For example, you might have the right to file a claim against a company that manufactured or rented out faulty equipment that resulted in your logging injuries. Or you might have the right to file a claim against an employer that pushed its employees to take dangerous chances or did not provide adequate safety equipment on the job. 

Compensation in Personal Injury Claims

You can pursue compensation in several key areas when you suffer injuries due to another party’s negligence. 

Medical Costs

Your medical bills often comprise the most significant part of a personal injury claim. Medical bills can include everything from emergency medical treatment right after your logging accident to ongoing medical care for the injuries you sustained. This includes:

  • A hospital stay
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Physical therapy
  • In-home nurse

You can also include the likely cost of future medical expenses in your claim. Talk to your lawyer about anticipated future medical treatment and your likely ongoing expenses, including the cost of physical or occupational therapy or ongoing nursing support, so that you can be sure that you include them in your claim. 

Wage Losses

When you work in logging, you need to be in good physical shape to ensure your safety and the safety of your team out on a job site. Your employer may require you to recover fully from your injuries before you can go back to work, especially if you sustained injuries that will interfere with safety protocols or requirements in any way. In the meantime, you may miss out on your paycheck while you recover. Talk to your lawyer about the length of time you had to miss at work. This begins from the time you missed right after your accident to the time you were out due to follow-up appointments. It also includes further medical procedures related to your accident. 

Pain and Suffering

Logging accidents do not just cause significant financial losses. They can also cause immense pain and suffering. Your logging injuries can challenge your independence or make managing your relationships with friends and loved ones difficult. In addition, you may face ongoing physical pain from your injuries. While those damages do not have a direct financial correlation, you have the right to pursue compensation for them as part of your logging accident claim.

The Statute of Limitations in Logging Accident Claims

In Louisiana, the statute of limitations for a logging accident requires you to file a claim within one year after the accident. In Texas, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is two years after the accident date. 

Workers' Comp Claims

Workers’ compensation provides coverage for injuries sustained on the job, regardless of who caused those injuries. If you work in logging and suffer injuries for any reason, unless you deliberately caused your injuries, workers’ compensation will pay for the damages related to your accident. You do not have to establish your employer’s liability to file a workers’ comp claim. 

  • Compensation in Workers' Comp Claims

    Compensation in workers’ compensation cases works a little differently than compensation for a personal injury. Talk to your logging injury lawyer to learn more about how workers’ comp should handle your case and what compensation you should expect. Note that workers’ compensation generally does not compensate for suffering.
  • Medical Coverage

    Most of the time, workers’ compensation will pay your medical bills directly. While you may have some immediate expenses, including transportation expenses or the cost of treatment or equipment not covered by workers’ comp, workers’ comp should pay most of your medical bills directly. That includes not only the immediate cost of emergency treatment cost for your injuries, but also any ongoing costs related to your medical needs.
  • Wage Coverage

    As part of your workers’ comp claim, you should receive a percentage of your usual wages, usually around two-thirds, for the duration of your recovery. Unlike a personal injury claim, those funds will not arrive all at once. Instead, you will receive regular checks to make up for your lost wages until you can return to work.
  • The Statute of Limitations in Workers' Comp Claims

    Both Louisiana and Texas require you to file any workers’ comp claim within one year of the date of the injury, or within one year of the day the injury or disability became known to the injured party. Note, however, that you should not delay filing a workers’ comp claim or reporting your accident to your employer, if needed.
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Morris & Dewett: Logging Injury Lawyer

At Morris & Dewett, we have the experience you need to successfully navigate a logging accident claim and recover fair compensation for your injuries and losses. We are a client-focused company that has successfully won millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. 

We handle cases across various areas in Texas and Louisiana, including logging accidents. Our logging injury lawyers will fight hard to locate evidence related to your case, determine who bears liability for your injuries, and establish the compensation you should expect. This is whether you need to file a personal injury or workers’ compensation claim for your logging accident. Our client-focused approach keeps your rights, needs, and desires at the forefront, providing all our clients a high standard of protection and support. 

When You Need a Lawyer After a Logging Accident

When you suffer injuries in a logging accident, you need an attorney on your side. Insurance companies often have their own best interests and the interests of their clients in mind as they navigate the claim process. That means they may offer inadequate settlements for the damages you sustained. At Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers, our logging injury lawyers offer the help and support you need. 

Reach out to a lawyer if:

Someone Else's Negligence Caused Your Accident

When someone else’s negligence causes your accident, you may have the right to file a logging accident claim — even if you have grounds for a workers’ comp claim because the injury occurred on the job. For example, suppose you suffered logging accident injuries because of faulty equipment. In that case, you may have the right to file a claim against the equipment manufacturer or against an owner who failed to maintain the equipment properly. Suppose you suffered injuries because your company did not provide adequate safety equipment or pressured you to ignore safety precautions. In that case, you may have the right to file a claim against your company. 

A logging injury lawyer can go over the details of your accident and give you a better idea of who bears liability and what information you need to prove your ground for a claim. 

You Suffered Catastrophic Injuries

If you suffered catastrophic injuries in a logging accident, you may have the right to a settlement from workers’ compensation. Catastrophic injuries include those that will have permanent impact on your life, including spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injury

When you suffer minor injuries in a logging accident, you will generally use workers’ comp for a period of time. Once your injuries heal, you can usually get back to work. Catastrophic injuries, on the other hand, can have long-term consequences, and it can prove very difficult for you to get back to work. Once you have healed up as much as possible, workers’ comp may offer you a settlement to cover your losses. An attorney will ensure that you do not miss out on any of the damages you deserve. 

The Insurance Company Issues a Low Settlement Offer

Insurance companies often try to get out of paying the full compensation the victim of a logging accident really deserves. Logging accidents frequently result in catastrophic injuries, which mean high medical bills and ongoing limitations for the victim — and equally high settlements to go along with them. Unfortunately, the insurance company will often try to minimize that payout as much as possible.

You may get a settlement offer from the insurance company soon after the accident. On the surface, it may even look like a decent offer. However, when you take a closer look, you may discover that it covers only a small percentage of the damages you actually sustained. When you receive a low settlement offer, especially if the insurance company pressures you to accept it quickly, a lawyer will fight for the compensation you really deserve. 

The Insurance Company Denies Your Claim

Insurance companies use a variety of strategies to deny liability or reduce liability for the damages associated with a logging accident. That may include:

  • Suggesting that you did not suffer the injuries you claim
  • Ignoring the medical treatment necessary to increase your odds of making a full recovery
  • Claiming that the insurance company does not bear liability for the accident
  • Trying to show that your injuries occurred at another time rather than a time that the insurance company would have to cover

A lawyer will review the insurance policy covering your claim, providing you with more information about your next steps and how to maximize the compensation you can recover. 

You Feel Pressured to Return to Work Too Early

When you work in logging, you know the importance of a sound body as you work to keep yourself and others on the job site as safe as possible. Returning to work too soon after an injury increases the odds that you will suffer further injury or that your limitations will lead to injury for someone else on your team. Workers’ comp will keep issuing payments as long as you remain out of work due to your injuries. Unfortunately, workers’ comp may want to cut off those payments, pressuring you to get back to work so that you can receive your normal salary. If you feel pressured to return to work before you are able to or before your doctor clears you, contact a logging injury lawyer as soon as possible. 

You Cannot Get the Medical Care You Need

Workers’ comp will generally pay your medical bills directly following a logging injury. However, you may need approval for any non-emergency treatments and procedures before you can proceed with them. In many cases, workers’ comp may slow down the process, making it difficult to get approval for much-needed treatments that could substantially improve your quality of life. A workers’ comp lawyer at Morris & Dewett will fight to help you get approval for the treatment you need most. 

What a Lawyer Does After a Logging Accident

A logging injury lawyer provides vital support after your logging accident. A lawyer will:

Investigate Your Accident

A lawyer will look into all the details related to your accident to better understand who bears liability for the incident. Not only does that mean you will get a better idea of whether you need to file a workers’ comp claim, a personal injury claim, or both, it can provide you with much-needed evidence that will clearly establish who bears liability for the incident. 

Evaluate Your Damages

If you need to file an injury claim or if you will receive a settlement from workers’ comp following a logging accident, you need to know what damages you should expect. A logging injury lawyer will evaluate your damages and give you a better idea of the compensation you should claim. While a lawyer cannot guarantee the compensation you will ultimately recover, they can offer you essential insight into fair compensation. 

Negotiate With the Insurance Company

When you file a personal injury claim after a logging accident, negotiation proves essential. Insurance companies often start with low settlement offers despite the clear damages associated with the incident. Your logging injury lawyer will negotiate on your behalf. Not only does that mean less stress for you as you pursue fair compensation for your losses, it also means better odds that you will ultimately recover fair compensation. 

Protect Your Rights

Whether you are dealing with workers’ comp or a company’s insurance company after a logging accident, you need a lawyer who will protect your rights and fight for you. A logging injury lawyer will focus on protecting your rights, not the company’s image or finances. 

Contact a Logging Injury Lawyer at Morris & Dewett

If you suffered injuries in a logging accident due to another party’s negligence or as part of your usual work tasks, do not try to handle your claim alone. Contact Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers to connect with a logging injury lawyer who will support you as you file your claim.

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