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The no-fault system of workers' compensation allows employees to seek financial compensation after a workplace injury in Texas. If you were injured or made ill while on the job and are now facing a financial burden from expensive medical bills and lost wages from time off work, it is time for you to fight for the compensation you deserve. Speak to the Houston workers' compensation attorney from Daspit Law Firm and get help protecting your entitlements!
Workers' compensation insurance covers all of the following:
Generally, any type of work-related injury may qualify for workers' compensation insurance. Workers should be able to demonstrate that the injury resulted from a workplace hazard or work-related incident. One of the many reasons individuals turn to a legal professional for help is to accurately identify the nature of their injury and gather evidence of the incident.
Some of the most common injury claims are made for the following:
Tragically, some work-related injuries may be fatal to the worker. If you have lost a loved one to lethal injuries suffered in the workplace, you may still be able to file a claim for benefits.
We understand that these are difficult times for a family, but we also understand that it is vital for the family's future to be looked after. Our team is prepared to help you file for the benefits owed to you in a workers' compensation claim, or help you pursue action in a wrongful death claim.
If you have been injured at work, you have the right to seek workers' compensation benefits for medical treatment, medication, lost wages and possibly more. The vast majority of employees in Texas are covered by workers' compensation, an insurance program that covers all occupational injuries and diseases. Texas employers must obtain workers' compensation insurance or must be large enough to self-insure for work injuries and illnesses.
Though virtually all work-related injuries are covered on a no-fault basis, meaning the worker does not need to prove that someone else was to blame to collect compensation, injured workers sometimes find it difficult to seek the benefits they deserve. The following tips can help you through the often complex process of filing a workers' compensation claim and seeking fair benefits.
Representing injured workers throughout Houston and the surrounding areas in Texas, we at The Daspit Law Firm are committed to providing only the highest quality legal counsel. We handle workers' compensation claims, hearings and appeals to help our clients recover the benefits to which they are entitled under the Texas workers' comp system. Call today for a free case evaluation and find out how one of our skilled lawyers can help you.
If you are an employee who has been injured at the workplace, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In Texas, not all employers are required to offer workers’ compensation but can offer an alternative form of coverage for work-related injuries and illnesses if they become certified by TDI to self-insure. Workers’ compensation is a program regulated by the state of Texas – employees covered by workers’ compensation insurance receive benefits through their employer’s insurance.
Don’t risk losing your benefits – tell your employer about your injury within 30 days. If you wait longer than this, then you may not be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. If your workers’ comp claim involves an illness rather than an injury, tell your employer within 30 days you discovered you had the illness.
In addition to informing your employer, you must also fill out and send in DWC Form-041 “Employee’s Claim for Compensation for a Work-Related Injury or Occupational Disease.”
In addition to work-related injuries, workers' compensation considers other harm that could be suffered on the job—such as an illness or occupational disease. An illness or disease that developed from long-term exposure to harmful toxins or chemicals at the workplace, for example, would qualify you for workers’ compensation. If you are suffering from lung disease, a heart condition, or even a stress-related digestive issue, you can seek workers' comp benefits for your illness.
An on-the-job injury alone is not a lawful ground for terminating someone’s employment. If you were fired because you filed a workers’ compensation claim, you can file a discrimination or wrongful termination claim. You may also be able to file this type of claim if your employer has altered your job duties or begun to treat you differently after your work injury/illness.
Provided that your employer provides workers’ compensation insurance and is part of a certified work comp healthcare network, then yes, you will have to choose your doctor in your employer’s network. If you see another doctor regularly, check with them first to see if they treat patients receiving workers’ compensation. You can also ask your employer for a list of approved doctors.
Yes. One of the primary intentions of workers' compensation is to pay for the expenses accrued from medical bills, such as hospital fees and doctor visits. Essentially, any medical-related fee that can be tied back to the diagnosis and treatment of your work-related injury should be covered by workers' comp benefits. In addition, your benefits should cover the cost of disability payments while you are out of work for recovery, as well as any rehabilitation that might be needed.
If you have to take time off of work to recover from your on-the-job injury or illness, then workers’ compensation benefits may include Temporary Income Benefits (TIB). This does not apply in all situations. To learn if you are eligible, contact The Daspit Law Firm directly.
Generally speaking, workers' compensation benefits can be applied to most cases of on-the-job injuries; however, there are exceptions. Assuming that your injury was sustained in a work-related accident, workers' compensation can be applied. This is also true of injuries that are sustained through the careless actions of another employee or your employer.
However, workers' compensation coverage can be denied in situations such as the following:
Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance provider must give a reason for denying your claim. If you have received a claim denial or multiple claim denials and you do not agree with their reasoning, you can file an appeal with the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation. An attorney at Daspit Law Firm can help you file this appeal to get the coverage you deserve.
If you have suffered a work-related injury, prepare to do the following:
Trouble can arise at any step in the process of filing a claim and receiving compensation benefits. Our personal attorneys in Houston have helped many clients prepare for these obstacles and obtain their compensation with reduced hassle.
The Texas statute of limitations only allows injured workers to file a claim within a period of one year after discovery of the injury—even if you are not certain that you have a case, contact Daspit Law Firm. Trust a legal team that has successfully recovered millions in damages for clients.
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