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5 FAQs about Workers Compensation in Texas

If you are a worker in Texas and have been injured on the job or lost a loved one in the course of their employment, you may be wondering how workers’ compensation applies to you. People frequently misunderstand workers' compensation because Texas workers law isn’t always clear. This lack of clarity leaves many who have been affected by injury in the workplace uncertain about how to proceed or if they even have a basis for moving forward with an injury claim at work. A Texas lawyer with experience in work injury compensation can best address questions related to how to claim work injury compensation.

Below, we’ll discuss 5 frequently asked questions about workers’ compensation in Texas.

What do You Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation?

If you are considering pursuing a work injury case in Texas, there are a few things you should know. Here are 5 FAQs about workers’ compensation in Texas:

1. What Should I Do When I’m Injured on the Job?

In Texas, you have 30 days from the time you are hurt to report your injury, or from the date you first became aware you were injured, to your employer. Of course, the sooner you notify your employer, the better. Failure to meet this initial 30-day deadline could result in a loss of benefits.You must also submit a completed Employee’s Claim for Compensation for a Work-Related Injury or Occupational Disease (DWC Form-041) to the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation within a year of the date you are injured.

2. Does Workers’ Compensation Cover a Work-related Death in my Family?

If your family member’s employer carries workers’ compensation insurance, immediate family members, grandchildren, parents, or other dependents may be eligible for payment. If someone pays for burial expenses up to $10,000 for a work-related death, there may also be benefits available.

3. How Will I Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

You have several options available for receiving workers’ compensation benefits. You may collect them via direct deposit, check, or access card. Keep in mind there may be fees assessed on your payments, and you are not required to receive payments by any particular method. How you receive your benefits is up to you.

4. What If I Have Questions About My Claim?

You can submit questions about your claim to the Texas Department of Insurance, but you may also ask your Texas attorney for assistance. Workers’ compensation laws in Texas can be confusing, and many people miss out on benefits because they lack the understanding they need. A Texas work injury attorney is your best resource in making sure you don’t miss out on payments to which you are entitled.

5. How Are Medical Benefits Handled Under Workers’ Compensation?

You may be eligible to receive payment for necessary medical treatment if your injuries are work-related. Because medical benefits are case-specific, your employer or Texas attorney can give you additional information on this issue.

Reach Out to a Carabin Shaw Attorney Today

If you have experienced a work injury in Texas, our team of dedicated and skilled lawyers understand Texas work injury laws and are prepared to answer any questions you may have. Our Texas workers’ compensation lawyers have been helping those injured at work with their benefits for decades.

The Texas work injury attorneys at Carabin Shaw treat each of our clients with the respect they deserve. We understand the stress of a workers’ compensation claim and are committed to working on your behalf to relieve you of that stress.

Your first step is to contact our office in Texas and schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation with one of our Texas attorneys so we can learn the details of your case. We will handle all of the necessary paperwork and adhere to all required deadlines so you can focus on your treatment and getting back to work. Our team works on a contingency fee basis, which means we don’t collect any fees from you until we win your case.

If you would like information beyond these 5 FAQs about workers’ compensation in Texas, call the law office of Carabin Shaw today at 800-862-1260.

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