Dallas Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Employees of all kinds are susceptible to being injured on the job. Perhaps it is from a fall from a ladder, or carpal tunnel syndrome brought on by repetitive motions. Medical expenses can pile up quickly, and sometimes the pain from your injuries can be tremendous. Workers’ compensation insurance provides medical and income benefits to employees who become injured on the job – or families of employees whose work-related injuries resulted in death. In Texas, employer participation in workers’ compensation is voluntary; not all employers carry workers’ compensation insurance.
How is the State involved?
The Department of Workers Compensation is the agency responsible for administering Texas workers’ comp benefits. While this program was designed to provide reasonable and regulated coverage to injured workers, the system does not always work to the advantage of the victim. There are many factors and other complexities, understanding the workers’ compensation process is vital to protecting your rights. Contacting an attorney with experience in workers’ compensation cases can be vital after suffering your injury. A knowledgeable lawyer, like Eric Marye, can review your claim documents to ensure the most appropriate information is included.
If you suffer a work-related injury and try to file a claim for workers’ compensation, your claim may be denied – even if your injury is perfectly legitimate. In some cases, your employer may attempt to get you to return to work before you have sufficiently recovered.
What do you need to do?
Notify your employer of your injury occuring
Notify your employer of discovering your injury within 30 days (if injury isn’t apparent or case of illness)
Submit your notification in writing to your employer
Submit a claim with the Texas DWC within 1 year of injury
Your claim will be reviewed, and you will be informed whether your claim has been accepted or denied. If your claim is denied, you may appeal the decision – and you should.
An attorney can also help if the workers’ compensation insurer attempts to pay for only a portion of your injuries or medical costs – a tactic used by some insurance carriers in an attempt to minimize their payout. If your employer fails to cooperate or respond appropriately to your injury status, legal counsel can provide assistance. You should consult with a lawyer if your supervisor requires you to perform job functions you are no longer able to do, or if you are terminated for missing work due to essential medical treatment. Many workers have been told they do not qualify for compensation due to their citizenship status – when the fact is that even illegal aliens are eligible for workers’ compensation. Read our article Top Five Things an Injured Worker Should Do in Texas if you have been injured at work.
If you’ve suffered from a work accident injury in the state of Texas, you need a law firm with the experience to take on tough cases, and the client dedication to ensure your rights and interests come first. Start your free claim review now.
Meet Your Lawyer
Eric H. Marye, a Dallas native, graduated from The University of Texas Law School in 1998. After returning to Dallas, Eric opened The Marye Law Firm P.C. in 1999 to represent the people of Dallas, and the surrounding areas, with their serious injury cases including workers’ compensation cases. You only have one chance to hire the right lawyer, so get a FREE claim review from Eric Marye today and let him help you.