A worker at the Texas Instruments chip fabrication unit in Dallas was tragically killed last week after a water purifier explosion. The explosion caused flying glass to impale the victim. The accident remains under investigation.

In general, when an employee is injured or killed on the job, such as occurred in this tragic accident, the worker or the worker’s family (if the worker is killed) is entitled to workers’ compensation. This compensation is provided in exchange for the employee forfeiting his right to sue the employee for negligence. Most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. Workers’ compensation is administered on a state by state basis. In Texas, this program is called the Texas Workers’ Compensation System.

Usually, employees who are injured at work and make a workers’ compensation claim can receive wages, payment of medical expenses, and compensation for future economic loss. If a worker is killed in the course of employment, workers’ compensation benefits are available to dependents. Usually, compensation for pain and suffering or punitive damages against employers is not available under workers’ compensation programs.

If you have been injured in an on-the-job accident in the Dallas area, you should contact an experienced workers’ comp attorney as soon as possible. The workers’ comp insurance provider may refuse to pay in a timely fashion or to pay at all. Contact Dallas work accident attorney Kris Barber at 817-527-8833 to discuss pursuing your legal claim.