Houston Workers' Compensation Lawyer
Step-by-Step Assistance After a Workplace Accident
Being injured on the job can be a frightening experience for both injured workers and their loved ones. Fortunately, most Texas employers have a form of no-fault insurance known as workers' compensation. Workers' compensation benefits are designed to provide employees who suffer work injuries with financial assistance and medical benefits. Although workers' compensation is essential for injured workers and their families, the process of obtaining these benefits can be challenging.
If you or someone you know has been injured at work and would like more information about filing a workers' compensation claim, Stern Law Group can help. To discuss your case, call (877) 661-9900.
Texas Workers' Compensation Benefits
By filing a workers' compensation claim, injured workers relinquish their right to file claims of negligence against their employer. In return, they may receive financial compensation for various expenses and damages resulting from their injury.
Workers' compensation covers the following:
- Medical expenses
- Compensation for lost work wages
- Vocational rehabilitation or any necessary work training
- Compensation for permanent injuries
- Death benefits for families
Our legal team can help you determine what compensation you may be eligible to recover, and will work diligently to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. In each case we work, we provide step-by-step assistance and handle all legal work on our clients' behalves.
If you were injured at work or have been diagnosed with a work-related illness, you should understand what responsibilities you have when it comes to applying for workers' compensation benefits. Gaining insight on these responsibilities can help you ensure that you do nothing that would jeopardize your right to benefits and medical care. At Stern Law Group, we believe in offering guidance that will help our clients make informed decisions about their cases. In addition to reviewing the basic information included here, feel free to call a Houston workers' compensation lawyer at our offices at any time.
As an injured employee in Texas, you have the following responsibilities when it comes to applying for workers' compensation for on-the-job injuries and occupational illnesses:
- You have the responsibility to inform your employer of your illness or injury. After a work accident or diagnosis of an occupational disease (or when you discover that an illness is work-related), you have 30 days to tell your employer. We recommend doing this in writing and keeping a copy for your records.
- You have the responsibility to inform your doctor of the nature and circumstances of your injuries/illness. You need to tell your doctor that your injury is work-related and must be honest and forthcoming when it comes to describing your symptoms and the circumstances surrounding your injuries.
- You have the responsibility to file a workers' compensation claim. It is your responsibility to send a completed Form DWC-041, Employee's Claim for Compensation for a Work-Related Injury or Occupational Disease, to the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC). You must file this form within one year of the date of your injury or diagnosis.
- You have the responsibility to find out how to receive medical treatment. It is your responsibility to find out whether you are in a Workers' Compensation Health Care Network, or if you work for a political subdivision, to find out how to receive medical treatment. Your employer should be able to provide you with this information, so you know your options in choosing a treating physician.
- You have the responsibility to provide DWC and the workers' compensation insurance provider with your current contact information. You need to provide DWC and the insurance company with accurate information regarding your current address, phone number, and employer.
- You have the responsibility to inform DWC and the workers' compensation insurance provider of any changes in your employment or wages. If you begin working again, stop working because of an on-the-job injury, are offered a job or otherwise change your employment status, you need to inform DWC and insurer.
- You have the responsibility to refrain from making fraudulent or frivolous claims. You need to be honest when it comes to applying for workers' compensation benefits. This means you should not exaggerate or invent symptoms, try to file a claim for an injury that is not work-related, or otherwise commit workers' compensation fraud. This is a crime and may also result in an inability to recover any benefits.
If you have questions about your responsibilities and obligations when it comes to workers' compensation, please do not hesitate to call our firm. We will be happy to offer insight as it applies to your unique claim and concerns. Remember, failing to uphold the above responsibilities may result in an inability to recover workers' comp benefits. Allow our legal professionals to guide you through the process as we seek a timely and beneficial resolution to your claim.
Learn More About Work Accidents and Workers' Compensation
The following topics can help you gain a better understanding of work accidents, on-the-job injuries and occupational illnesses - and your rights and duties under the Texas workers' compensation system. Review the summaries below or click on a subject to be directed to a page dedicated to that specific matter:
After a Workplace Accident
What should you do if you've been injured in a workplace accident? Our attorneys offer insight on the steps you should take immediately to protect your right to workers' comp benefits.
Injured Workers' Rights
As an injured worker, you have certain rights when it comes to workers' compensation. This includes the right to benefits for qualifying injuries and illnesses, the right to medical treatment, the right to choose your doctor and more.
An on-the-job injury can affect your ability to work. It can result in extensive medical bills. Workers' compensation covers all on-the-job injuries and illnesses for eligible employees, which is virtually every employee in Texas. You can find out if you're covered by calling an attorney at our firm.
Types of Work-Related Accidents
Whether you work in construction, spend your days behind a desk in an office or drive a delivery truck, you may be in danger of suffering injury in a work-related accident. Our team handles cases involving slip and fall accidents, falls, auto accidents, oil field injuries, construction site accidents and every other type of workplace accident.
Work Accidents: Benefits & Medical Care
As a worker who has been injured in a work accident, you may have the right to income benefits and medical care. Workers' compensation is provided on a no-fault basis, meaning you do not have to prove that someone else was responsible for your injuries to seek these benefits.
Workers' Comp Hearings & Appeals
If your workers' comp claim is being disputed or has been denied, you can take specific steps to request a hearing and to file an appeal. This can help you seek a positive result to your claim, even if your employer or the workers' compensation insurance provider tries not to pay.
Talk to a Houston Workers' Comp Attorney Today
Workers who suffer harm during the course of performing a job-related duty may have the right to recover workers' compensation benefits. This includes both physical injuries and illnesses. Workers who suffer physical injuries on the job, including preexisting conditions made worse by the work environment, are often eligible to recover compensation. Additionally, employees who suffer diseases or illnesses as a result of toxic exposure in the workplace may also be eligible to recover compensation.
If you or your loved one has suffered a workplace injury or illness, acting quickly is of crucial importance. By contacting a Houston workers' compensation attorney from Stern Law Group as soon as possible, you can gain the immediate support and assistance needed to understand your rights and immediately begin working toward the compensation you need. We are available 24/7 to take your call and are equipped with more than 150 years of combined experience to handle your case.
To learn more about filing a workers' compensation claim, call (877) 661-9900.