Texas Workers Compensation Lawyer
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.
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. 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. Because of these and many other complexities, understanding the workers’ compensation process is vital to protecting your rights.
First, if you become injured on the job, you must notify your employer within 30 days of your injury (or within 30 days of discovering your injury, in the case of illness or other injury not immediately apparent). Submitting this notification in writing is recommended; having written documentation that you followed procedures will be helpful later if you encounter roadblocks to obtaining benefits.
Once you have notified your employer, you must file a claim with the Department of Workers Compensation within one year of your 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. Contacting an attorney with experience in workers’ compensation cases can be vital at this stage. A knowledgeable lawyer can review your claim documents to ensure the most appropriate information is included.
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.
If you’ve suffered from a work 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 that your rights and interests come first. Contact The Law Offices of Eric H. Marye & Associates for a free case review at 214-987-8240 or submit a claim online.
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