September marked the centennial anniversary of the first workers’ compensation laws passed by the 33rd Texas Legislature.
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation is the agency responsible for administering the Texas workers’ compensation system. In observance of the 100th anniversary, Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon released the following statement:
“The Texas workers’ compensation system has played a pivotal role in the economic development of the Lone Star State over the last century by providing a safety net for employees who are injured on the job and lawsuit protections for employers,” Bordelon stated.
“Our state-based statutory system provides injured employees with medical and income benefits on a no-fault basis while encouraging employees to return to work as quickly and safely as possible – and that keeps our workforce active and productive.”
Our Experienced Attorneys Explain Workers’ Compensation in Texas
The Texas approach to workers’ compensation is unique compared to other states. Workers’ compensation is an insurance system that pays medical bills and some lost wages of employees injured on the job. Texas is one of the only states in the US that does not order employers to have workers’ compensation insurance. Employers who do not have workers’ compensation coverage are known as nonsubscribers.
Texas provides more opportunities than most states to sue your own employer for negligence if it does not carry workers’ compensation insurance. Even if you are limited to workers’ compensation benefits, we can investigate the possibility of a personal injury lawsuit against a different defendant whose negligence played a role in your accident.
To learn more about our experience and understanding in Texas workplace accident cases, contact a workers’ compensation attorney at The Law Offices of Aaron Allison for a free consultation in Austin.
The Law Offices of Aaron Allison – Austin Workers’ Compensation Attorney