Hill Country Farms, a Texas company headquartered in Goldthwaite, Texas, settled their case with several mentally handicapped workers earlier this week. The workers, who were employed in an Iowa City, Iowa, turkey plant, were subjected to below minimum wage and uncompensated overtime, among other violations. All told, the federal judge who presided over the case ordered Hill Country Farms to pay $1.76 million.

 

Unfortunately, workplace violations are common, particularly during hard economic times. Fears | Nachawati specializes in workplace injuries and work-related contract damages. If you have questions about the work-related injuries that you’ve sustained, talk to us today! Just call at 1.866.705.7584 or send an email to info@fnlawfirm.com. We ready to help you!

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Damages are the amount of money that is awarded to a successful plaintiff in a Texas personal injury lawsuit. In Texas, damages fall into one of two broad categories: economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are much easier to calculate because they can be quantified through objective information such as the plaintiff’s medical bills and the value of personal property that was destroyed.

Economic damages include:

·        Past and future medical expenses

·        Lost wages, both present and future

·        Loss of earning capacity

·        Damage to personal property

·        Any other costs that are a direct result of an injury sustained in the car accident

·        Court costs

Non-economic damages are the more difficult of the two when it comes to assigning a value. Pain and suffering, for example, fall into the category of non-economic damages. In many Texas personal injury lawsuits, pain and suffering-related damages represent a significant amount of the overall award.

Under Texas law, non-economic damages in a personal injury lawsuit can include:

·        Physical pain and suffering

·        Mental anguish

·        Emotional suffering

·        Physical impairment

·        Disfigurement

·        Loss of enjoyment of life

·        Loss of consortium and companionship

·        Inconvenience

·        Injury to reputation

If you have been the victim of an accident, contact the law firm of Fears | Nachawati to find out what damages you may be entitled to. For a free consultation from a Texas personal injury lawyer, email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call us on our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584.