The Texas Department of Insurance has hit an insurer with a $250,000 fine, which is believed to be the largest fine ever issued for workers’ compensation violations in Texas. The wife of the man who was killed on the job in 2012 had battled the insurer, ACE American Insurance Company, for years.
While the woman, a stay-at-home mom of two kids, will not receive any of the money, the state is requiring $100,000 of it be used to help children of injured or killed workers.
However, the woman said she finds little solace in the news of the fine.
ACE American initially refused to pay death benefits to the woman after her husband died in a car accident while at work. When the Texas state insurance regulator ordered ACE America to pay, the woman received the money late. It took more than a year before she received the interest payments ACE owed her. These cumulative violations is what accounted for the large fine, according to the Division on Workers’ Compensation.
Wrongful Death Attorneys Help Families Get Justice
Our Austin wrongful death attorney can advise and represent surviving families in workplace accidents resulting from:
- Fatal motor vehicle accidents
- Construction site disasters
- Health care accidents
- Deaths caused by third parties
- Malicious or negligent acts by coworkers or supervisors
Many families qualify for workers’ compensation death benefits based on the projected income the victim would have earned over a full career. However, because this amount is only a fraction of the damages available under the wrongful death Texas laws, we look for other defendants who can be held accountable for your losses. If your loved one’s employer is a non-subscriber to workers’ comp insurance, we can potentially bring the wrongful death lawsuit directly against the company.
We can let you know up front if you have a chance of receiving compensation for your loss. Contact our Austin wrongful death attorney online.
The Law Offices of Aaron Allison – Austin Workers’ Comp Attorney