Personal Injury and Workers Compensation Newsletters

Supreme Court Clears Path for More Tort Lawsuits Against the Federal Government

Austin Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Federal Lawsuits The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 last month to allow judges to extend the deadline for liability lawsuits against the government. This landmark case will affect how many lawsuits the federal government will have to deal with each year, but for many victims of government negligence, the ruling is long overdue. In essence, the Supreme Court’s ruling will make it easier for private citizens to sue the federal government even if confusion over the law or stumbling blocks to filing suit stand in the way of making the deadline. Military veterans in particular will be affected by this new ruling. Veterans groups were pleased with the ruling, saying that if a strict interpretation of deadlines continued, it would hurt veterans with legitimate claims against the government. According to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, veterans often unknowingly miss the deadline for filing a claim because…
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What Happens If an Uber or Lyft Driver Is Hurt on the Job?

Our Austin Workers’ Compensation Attorney Discusses Options for Independent Contractors Injured at Work Unfortunately for many people, if they’re hurt on the job, even through no fault of their own, they might not be able to get any help from their employer, because they’re not classified as an employee. That is the struggle many independent contractors, such as Uber and Lyft drivers, face following an on-the-job injury. Are Lyft and Uber Drivers Eligible for Workers’ Compensation? The problems facing Lyft and Uber drivers hurt on the job was featured recently in an article in Forbes. In the piece, Uber and Lyft drivers, along with others who work in the peer-to-peer marketplace industry, which includes those who work for companies such as TaskRabbit, Postmates, Instacart and Homejoy, are referred to as “sharing economy workers.” While sharing economy workers don’t have the benefit of a steady fulltime job, they often get to…
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Increasing Number of Pedestrian Accidents Reported in Austin

Our Austin Injury Attorney Examines Pedestrian Accident Facts With pleasant weather throughout the year, Austinites love taking walks on the city’s many trails and through the picturesque neighborhoods. However, a stroll in the evening as the temperature cools off, a walk with the dog or a jog around the neighborhood can be dangerous as a pedestrian. In cases of pedestrian accidents, motor vehicles have the weight advantage, and so innocent people walking on the road can easily suffer severe injuries and even death. The High Costs of Pedestrian Accidents Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that close to 4,280 pedestrians die in traffic crashes across the country every year and another 70,000 are injured. In Austin, nearly 20 pedestrians suffer a fatal collision with a motor vehicle. Recently, the Austin Police Department labeled 128 intersections that had been discovered to be particularly dangerous for pedestrians. The list…
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Performance Audits Uncover Unpaid Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Workers’ Comp Attorney Examines Problems in the System The insurance companies responsible for providing workers’ compensation benefits are subject to annual audits. These audits aim to identify unpaid benefits that should have gone to injured workers. Recently, a review headed by the Texas Department of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) found that over half of a million dollars in benefits never went to workers injured on the job. These underpaid/unpaid benefits ware uncovered by the Texas DWC. Ryan Brannan, the commissioner of the DWC, said he was glad to see his department’s work pay off for those shortchanged by insurance companies. “[We are] pleased to see that claimants received monies owed to them,” Brannan said. “There may be other deserving claimants in the same situation. These results indicate that we need to continue these types of performance audits.” Why Don’t Injured Workers Get All Their Workers’ Compensation Benefits? Under Texas workers’ compensation…
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