Many of Austin’s employees can return to their previous jobs after a work-related injury. But those same employees find that once they are back at work, their injuries become aggravated by repetitive work activities. These activities create further damage to pre-existing injuries and may cause employees to incur additional medical bills.
If you have a currently closed workers compensation claim and your injury has worsened, then you may qualify to be reimbursed for any medical treatments for your injury. However, reopening a workers compensation claim can be complicated and will require you to consult an attorney. At the Law Offices of Aaron Allison, our workers compensation attorney has extensive experience obtaining compensation for injured Texas employees.
Understanding Texas Workers Compensation
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) states that Texas, unlike other states, does not require employers to provide workers compensation coverage. The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) works with TWC to ensure that you receive the proper benefits after a workplace injury. The department helps with employee/insurer disputes as well as provides health and safety services. If you are injured in a workplace accident, it’s important to contact TDI and file a complaint. With these laws in mind, employees need to understand their rights in the workplace.
Common workplace injuries include:
- Physical injuries
- Repetitive Strain or Stress injuries (RSIs)
- Joint and Connective Tissue injuries
- Occupational Illnesses such as cancer, asbestosis, lead poisoning and hearing loss.
To return to work after and injury, you must get approval from a medical professional. Once cleared to return to work your employer may have to amend your work duties to prevent further injury.
Questions about Workers Compensation? Call an Austin Personal Injury Attorney You Can Trust
If you have questions about workers compensation and whether you qualify, then call our injury hotline (512) 474-8346 for a free consultation.