There are several reasons why getting help after a Texas work injury can be complicated:
- Lack of mandatory workers’ compensation coverage: Texas is one of the few states that does not require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This means that many employees in Texas may not have access to the benefits and protections provided by workers’ compensation. Learn about Texas Non-Subscriber Work Injury cases.
- Confusing legal process: Texas has a complex legal system for handling work injury claims, and the process can be difficult to navigate without legal assistance. Additionally, Texas uses a modified comparative fault system, which means that injured workers may be partially responsible for their own injuries and may not be eligible for full compensation.
- Employer resistance: Even when an injured worker is covered by workers’ compensation, their employer may resist paying benefits or dispute the claim. Employers may also retaliate against workers who file claims or report injuries.
- Limited medical providers: In Texas, injured workers are required to choose a doctor from a list of approved medical providers. This can limit an injured worker’s ability to choose a doctor they trust or who specializes in their type of injury. Read also: Can I See my Own Doctor?
- Time limitations: In Texas, there are strict time limitations for filing a work injury claim, and missing a deadline can result in a complete loss of benefits. Read about the Statute of Limitations for a Personal Injury Case in Texas.
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Non-Subscriber claims in Houston, Dallas, Austin, Corpus Christi, San Antonio and The Rio Grande Valley.
Overall, the combination of these factors can make it difficult for injured workers in Texas to navigate the legal and medical systems, access necessary medical treatment, and receive fair compensation for their injuries, explains Texas Non-Subscriber Lawyer Hector Sandoval.
For that reason, it is important for employees who have been injured on the job to understand their rights and options under Texas law, and to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation or personal injury attorney to determine the best course of action for their specific situation.
Texas Non-Subscribers Companies
- Best Buy
- Home Depot
- Tractor Supply
- Tom Thumb
- Pep Boys
- McDonald's (some locations)
- Oak Farms Dairy
- American Bottling Company (Coca Cola, Dr. Pepper, Keurig)
- Brookdale Senior Living
In a non-subscriber case, an injured employee may be able to pursue a lawsuit against the employer to recover damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses related to the injury. However, the employee would need to prove that the employer was negligent and that the negligence caused the injury.
Read also: Not Your Typical Texas Workers’ Compensation Case
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