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Workplace injury results in Valero refinery inquiry

On March 4, a woman who was reportedly injured on the job at a Valero Port Arthur refinery filed a Petition for Deposition to Investigate a Potential Claim. In this workplace injury incident, the woman was severely burned in the Texas refinery.

Her deposition request must be approved by the Jefferson County District Court. The petition may allow her to speak with employees about the incident and obtain other documents and data that may be relevant to her case. This information may provide her with the information she needs to determine if she wants to proceed with a lawsuit against the company. However, if the woman does not find enough evidence to support a personal injury claim, she may choose to file for workers' compensation instead.

When a person is injured at work, the employee may suffer financially due to medical bills, lost wages and other expenses. To receive funds that cover these damages, the injured employees may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit, which might suggest an employer is liable for the damages suffered by the plaintiff due to negligence. Such actions require evidence that supports the suit.

However, even if an employer was not negligent, workers who have been injured on the job may still be able to seek financial awards that cover damages through a workers' compensation claim. In these cases, working with an attorney who is familiar with workplace injuries and workers' compensation may be helpful. That attorney may provide guidance throughout the workers' compensation claims process and legal representation as needed.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Employee files petition to investigate workplace injury at Valero refinery", Thomas Kallies, March 13, 2014

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