Personal Injury and Workers Compensation Newsletters

Examples of Third Party Claims

Our Austin Injury Lawyers Explain Workers Comp Laws When an employee suffers an injury at work caused by someone other than a coworker or employer, that employee may be entitled to benefits above and beyond workers compensation. When an employee from another company, contractor, non-worker or defective product causes serious injury, the victim may be eligible for a third party claim against whoever caused the serious injury. Victims of on-the-job injuries may not understand the complexities of workers compensation law. Texas has unique laws that determine when employees can receive compensation, when they can file a lawsuit against their employer and when they can file suit against a completely different entity that played a role in the injury or accident. Instances in Which a Third Party Claim May Apply Because a third party claim may apply to a wide variety of occurrences, many conditions determine whether an employee can file…
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Austin Bicycle Accidents Shown in Interactive Map

Austin Bicycle Accident Lawyer Discusses Local Bike Wrecks Have you ever wondered where the most traffic accidents involving bicycles happen in Austin? The creators of a city-mapping project at MIT have an answer for you. You Are Here is a project created by a group of artists, mathematicians, designers and scientists that collects urban data on American cities, including data on which streets are the most treacherous for cyclists. Taking statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation between 2009 and 2014, You Are Here has mapped out all 1,430 reported bike wrecks in Austin during that time. So, which streets see the most wrecks? It would come as no surprise to anyone who regularly cycles in the city that Guadalupe would be the top offender with 84 wrecks. Guadalupe Street is a main thoroughfare that runs through downtown and right by the University of Texas. It is a crowded street…
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Texas Adopts New Workers’ Comp Regulations

Austin Injury Attorneys Explain Why You Need a Lawyer After an On-the-Job Accident Workers’ compensation is a state-regulated insurance system that covers employees’ lost income and provides medical benefits if they are injured or become ill in the course of their work. In Texas, private employers can decide whether or not to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage for their employees. In most cases, an employer is required to announce whether they provide coverage or not. Texas is currently the only state in the Union where participation in the workers’ compensation system is voluntary. New Rules from the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation has recently adopted new rules giving its commissioner increased authority over cases heard by the state Office of Administrative Hearings, which handles workers’ comp disputes regarding medical care and provider reimbursement. The new rules went into effect in August of this year, as…
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Could Stricter Cell Phone Laws Help Save Texas Lives?

Over the past decade, many states have instituted limitations on the extent that drivers can use their cell phones and mobile devices while driving. These laws were passed in the interest of reducing the likelihood of fatal car accidents on state roadways. Some states, like New York and California, have strict laws that prohibit hand-held cell phone use and texting by all drivers. Other states, including Texas, have little or no restrictions on cell phone use while driving. A look at car crash statistics for these states may indicate that stricter laws targeting distracted driving may help save lives. Cell Phone Bans: A Look at New York and California New York and California have some of the strictest cell phone laws in the country. The two states prohibit hand-held cell phone use by all drivers. Each also bans texting, reading and sending e-mails while driving. The only way to use a phone…
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