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Texas Workers’ Compensation System Is Improving

Texas stands alone among the 50 states in not requiring most employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees, and for years the system was in dire straits. Fortunately, in the years since 2003, the system has been improving. Workers’ comp is an insurance program that provides medical, rehabilitation, an[...]

Date: April 30, 2021 / Workers Compensation

What Are the Most Common Work Injuries at a Hospital?

When you work in a hospital as a health care worker, you know helping the sick and injured can be incredibly rewarding. Unfortunately, the chances of being injured are also high. Hospital workers have some of the highest injury rates of any industry. In fact, health care workers are more likely to be injured on the job than workers i[...]

Date: February 24, 2021 / Workers Compensation

What Happens If an Employer Does Not Have Workers’ Comp?

It’s an important question that many Texas workers are forced to grapple with: What happens if an employer does not have workers' comp? Unfortunately for workers, when an employer does not have workers' comp, employees are not eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. However, this doesn’t mean that a worker is without o[...]

Date: August 24, 2020 / Workers Compensation

Can You Collect Unemployment if You Are Out of Work Due to an Injury?

The general answer to this question is “no.” To collect unemployment benefits, you must be physically able and available to work. In other words, you will be expected to actively look for work. You will also be expected to accept work if offered when you are on unemployment. However, the reality is that if your injury leaves you [...]

Date: June 29, 2020 / Workers Compensation

What Happens If You Get Injured and Can’t Work?

If you get injured and can’t work in Texas, you have several options, depending on your circumstances.  For injuries that happen on the job, both Texas law and federal laws state that workers have the right to a safe work environment, and the OSHA provides many regulations to help ensure safety. Employers do not always abi[...]

Date: June 4, 2020 / Workers Compensation

What Happens After I Reach MMI Under Texas Law?

What happens after I reach MMI under Texas Law? That’s a question asked by many people who’ve been hurt on the job and are getting workers’ comp benefits. MMI, or maximum medical improvement, means that a doctor has decided you are as well as you’re going to be from your injury or illness. When the doctor says you’ve reache[...]

Date: May 21, 2020 / Workers Compensation

The Dangers at KMCO Crosby Plant Were Well-Known

The April 2 explosion at KMCO’s Crosby plant that tragically killed one worker and critically injured two more shouldn’t come as a surprise. As reported in the Houston Chronicle, the Harris County Attorney’s office says that the chemical company is one of the worst offenders of workplace safety and environmental laws in th[...]

Date: May 10, 2019 / Workers Compensation / Wrongful Death

7 of the Most Common Workplace Violations

Accidents and injuries, including fatal ones, happen far too often in the workplace. Nationally, a worker is injured on the job every 7 seconds, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). That adds up to 12,300 injuries a day and a whopping 4.5 million a year. In 2017, there were 534 workplace-related fatalities in Texas an[...]

Date: February 25, 2019 / Workers Compensation / Workplace Safety News

Pasadena Plant Explosion Injures Numerous Workers

During the morning hours of May 19, dozens of workers at Kuraray America EVAL in Pasadena, Texas, were injured after a blown pressure safety valve caused a massive explosion and flash fire. Nearly 270 workers were on-site at the time of the blast. Most injuries from the incident were non-life threatening, and while most injure[...]

Date: July 13, 2018 / Personal Injury / Premises Liability / Workers Compensation

Worker Misclassification in Texas

Worker Misclassification Lawyers Employee Misclassifications in Texas Can Lead to Underpaid Wages A study released in March 2018 reveals that immigrants are twice as likely as native-born workers to be employed in industries where violations of core labor standards are pervasive – as much as 17% of the United States labor for[...]

Date: May 23, 2018 / Workers Compensation