Texas Workers’ Compensation News
Although the Texas Department of Criminal Justice listed Eric Johnson’s Death as “in the line of duty”, the State Office of Risk Management denied his surviving family’s claim for workers’ compensation benefits by saying his death did “not occur within the course and scope of his employment”.
Nikki Miller recently scored a big win against a corrupt employer and the insurance company after denying workers’ compensation benefits based on the employer’s lies and intimidation of the injured employee. Nikki represented a client who hired our firm after suffering a severe hand injury on the job. The employer immediately pressured the injured worker to say he slammed his hand in a door at home, when in fact, his hand was crushed at work.
Coworkers who share common interests and spend a significant amount of time together may feel an attraction to one another. However, the reality is that while such relationships are not good for organizations, companies can’t prevent these relationships from happening. So instead of trying to prevent romantic relationships, they should counsel their employees on a professional approach.
Alpha Mars, a Houston manufacturer was busted for defrauding the state of Texas in a wide workers’ compensation fraud scheme that resulted in a $250,000 fine to Texas Mutual Insurance Company, a state-owned workers’ comp insurance company. The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation announced the fraud and penalty earlier this month, and said the fraud spanned a period of more than four years and was designed to save the company money in workers’ comp premiums.
An Angry Superintendent, a Lost Leg, and an Utter Disregard for Safety
Tyler Lee was a superintendent for a major construction company, observing one of his crews trying to lift an auger that had been deeply placed into the earth but wouldn’t budge. Chris Miller, another superintendent on the job, was managing the effort without success. According to the description of the facts in the appeals court ruling, Miller was enraged that the auger was stuck and knew that failure to release the deeply embedded auger would result in days of lost time, money, and trust.
Footage was recently obtained by Abbott & Associates showing a male white tail deer doing its best to destroy an insurance office in Frisco, Texas. The invasion took place this past summer, but footage was only released earlier this month. There are no indications that the deer injured anyone, but if there had been injuries, Abbott & Associates LLC would have been there to provide information and help for the victims. We’ll just chalk this up to good luck… or bad luck, depending on the way you look at it.
DECEMBER 2017 – Workers’ compensation attorney Joseph Bedoy secured a complete victory for his client at trial, after the employer did everything possible to prevent the injured worker from obtaining income benefits and medical care for a serious eye injury suffered in the course and scope of his employment.
After injuring his eye, the employee notified his employer, who immediately tried to sweep the injury under the rug by paying for the employee’s medical bills using company funds, rather than turning over the claim to the workers’ compensation insurance company, as required. Based on a review of the facts leading up to trial, Bedoy states the employer became irritated when the medical bills began to significantly grow. Realizing that the injury was more significant than originally hoped, and following the insistence of the injured employee, the employer eventually filed a claim with the workers’ compensation insurance carrier.
It is extremely important that you protect yourself from the insurance carrier and insurance carrier doctors when you file for workers’ compensation. Once you report an injury to your employer, your employer should notify its workers’ compensation insurance carrier. ...
In Texas, you are required to notify your supervisor or someone in a supervisory role after sustaining an injury on the job. You should do this in person and document this in writing as well, either by email, text, or if you fill out an incident report with your...
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