Austin Personal Injury Attorneys' Blog

Breaking Down Income Benefits for Workers’ Comp

As we mentioned last week, there are four types of income benefits you can receive if you are unable to work due to a work-related injury. Here is a breakdown of these benefits. Four Types of Benefits Temporary income benefits are benefits accessible to people who have to miss work for more than seven days due to injury. You can also receive these benefits if you are working in a reduced capacity for less pay. Usually, these benefits are 70 percent of your normal wage. If you make less than $10 an hour, that number goes up to 75. Benefits end when you reach maximum medical improvement or whenever you return to work in full capacity. Impairment income benefits are accessible to people who are permanent impaired by an injury. They are only available after you reach maximum medical improvement. Your doctor will rate your impairment and assign restrictions for…
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Austin Worker Killed by 40,000 Lb. Slab of Concrete

Tragedy struck on a Southeast Austin construction site on August 9, 2017. In the morning hours, a man working on an apartment complex was pinned underneath a concrete slab. The slab weighed somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 pounds. Emergency responders were initially unable to get to him, as the slab leaned against a tractor-trailer beneath a crane. Firefighters worked to break up the slab with sledgehammers, drills and other tools. But by the time they got to the man, he was dead. The slab, made from preformed concrete, was intended for a parking garage on-site. The construction company alongside other companies working on the site are cooperating with investigators to determine the cause of the slab’s collapse. Fatal Work Accident Statistics According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is investigating the incident, more than 4,500 workers die on the job every year. In Texas, from January 12…
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The Great American Eclipse Is Happening Today!

The Great American Eclipse is here! Though you’ll only see something like 65% of it in Austin, it’s still a once-in-a-lifetime experience (except for 2024, when a total eclipse passes right over us!) Here’s a live feed of it, and remember, as tempting as it is, do NOT look at it without approved protection!