Millions of employees are injured at work each year and thousands of these accidents result in serious injuries, or even worse, death. Depending upon the circumstances of the injury, you may be entitled to financial recovery through the workers’ compensation system, a personal injury lawsuit, or both. In cases where the individual injured in the workplace passes, families of the deceased may be entitled to compensation or award for damages as well.
Texas worker’s compensation laws are complicated, and Roberts Markland LLP is well-recognized for its experience and expertise in workplace injury cases. Our firm has the resources and knowledge to identify and litigate for the maximum compensation you’re entitled to under the law. The most important thing to understand about worker’s compensation benefits is that Texas is the only state in the union that does not make them mandatory (except for public employers and private companies that enter into government contracts). Most large employers voluntarily provide workers compensation, but not all, furthermore why it’s necessary to have an attorney by your side at this time.
There are four types of workers compensation benefits:
- Income benefits: These benefits replace part of the wages lost due a work-related injury or illness, and also provide compensation for permanent impairment. The four types of income benefits are temporary income, impairment income, supplemental income, and lifetime income. There are specific tests that must be met to receive each type of income benefits.
- Medical benefits: These benefits pay for reasonable and necessary medical treatment related to the specific injury or illness. They are paid directly to health providers, not to the injured or ill employee. The worker must choose a treating doctor from a list approved by the Workers Compensation Commission, and that doctor will serve as gatekeeper for all related medical care.
- Death benefits: If an eligible worker is killed on the job, these benefits replace a portion of the lost family income.
- Burial benefits: If an eligible worker is killed on the job, these benefits pay some of his or her funeral expenses.