Workers' Compensation Archive



What is the difference between workers’ compensation and maritime benefits?

Maritime injuries are not covered by regular workers’ compensation laws due to jurisdiction issues. The Merchant Marine Act (Jones Act) and Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) were created to protect workers in the nautical industry. For more information, click here.

To learn more about workers’ compensation and maritime benefits, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (800) 444-5000 or fill out a FREE initial consultation form.

Can I collect Social Security Disability benefits and workers’ compensation?

If your work-related injury or illness is expected to last longer than a year or result in death, you may be qualified for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we have a team of professionals who are qualified to handle both workers’ compensation and SSD claims and will fight for the benefits you need.

To learn more about filing for workers’ compensation or Social Security Disability, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (800) 444-5000 or fill out a FREE initial consultation form.

I was denied compensation. Can I appeal my claim?

Yes. You can appeal your claim through the Texas Department of Insurance’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC), and you may hire a Houston workers’ compensation lawyer to help you with your appeal. To learn more visit our workers’ compensations appeals page, or fill out a FREE initial consultation form and find out if you have a case.

To learn more about appealing a workers’ compensation claim, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (800) 444-5000 or fill out a FREE initial consultation form.

How is compensation calculated?

Medical treatment for a work-related injury is covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance and goes directly to the medical provider. Only costs pertaining to on-the-job injuries or illnesses are covered. Your lost wages are calculated by your average weekly wage. To learn more, click here.

To learn more about workers’ compensation benefits, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (800) 444-5000 or fill out a FREE initial consultation form.

Can I file a claim for emotional or mental stress?

No. For workers’ compensation claims, there are four types of benefits you can receive: income benefits, medical benefits, death benefits, and burial benefits. To learn more about each benefit, click here.

To learn more about workers’ compensation benefits, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (800) 444-5000 or fill out a FREE initial consultation form.

Are there penalties for withholding information?

Yes. By law, you can’t knowingly withhold information or intentionally lie about details of your claim to receive benefits. This could be considered fraud, which is a crime in Texas.

To learn more about workers’ compensation fraud, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (800) 444-5000 or fill out a FREE initial consultation form.

What if my employer fires me because I file for workers’ compensation?

It’s illegal for your employer to fire you for filing a workers’ compensation claim. If you have been laid off from work and you feel it’s in relation to your claim, give our Houston workers’ compensation lawyers a call at (800) 444-5000 or fill out a FREE initial consultation form now.

To learn more about your rights to workers’ compensation, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (800) 444-5000 or fill out a free initial consultation form.

What happens if my employer doesn’t have workers’ compensation insurance?

You can’t receive workers’ compensation benefits from nonsubscribers—employers who choose not to have workers’ compensation insurance. However, you still may be entitled to compensation for your injuries if the court determines that your employer is responsible for your accident.

To learn more about workers’ compensation insurance and nonsubscribers, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (800) 444-5000 or fill out a FREE initial consultation form.

Will I have to provide information for my case?

You should report your injury or illness to your employer immediately following your accident. You will need to provide both your employer and the doctor with details of how the accident occurred. It is also helpful to keep record of your time spent away from work, your medical appointments and medications, and your report and claim numbers.

To learn more about filing a workers’ compensation claim, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (800) 444-5000 or fill out a FREE initial consultation form.