In a memorandum opinion today, the Amarillo Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a woman who lost her son in a tragic on-the-job injury. The case, Texas Mutual Insurance Company vs. Rosa Mendez, Case Number 07-19-00087-CV, involved a worker at a plant that made sand used in fracking. The mechanism that transported product into
National Media Examines Workers Compensation Disparities
Two things happened this week to raise the consciousness of the public towards the inadequacies of workers compensation. First was a major piece of reporting by Pro Publica and NPR that conducted an exhaustive examination of workers compensation benefits, state by state. You can find the articles here:
The reporters chief findings:
Texas Injury Statistics by Race Go Uncollected
Access the NY Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/10/us/injury-statistics-by-race-go-uncollected.html?_r=0
$97 Million in Workers’ Comp Fraud: 2012’s Top Cases
Workers’ compensation fraud occurs when individuals intentionally make false representations to obtain or to deny workers’ comp benefits, which reimburse employees injured on the job.
Individuals committing workers’ comp fraud carry many faces—employees, employers, and healthcare providers all qualify as potential violators. Employees become violators when seeking benefits by misrepresenting their injuries, employment status, or treatment. Alternatively, employers commit workers comp fraud not to receive benefits, but to avoid responsibility. Employers often seek to avoid responsibility by underreporting employee payrolls and avoiding premiums. Last, health care providers, such as doctors, counselors, and pharmacists, become violators by duplicating bills, billing patients for improper services, and receiving payments from multiple insurance carriers for the same treatment.
2012’s Top 10 Cases
In 2012, the top ten workers’ comp fraud cases cost America $97,446,500. Below is a short description of each case and its damages:…
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Texas Court of Appeals Affirms Injured Employee’s LIBS
A work-related accident can result in a lifelong injury. It can also leave you drowning in medical bills, lost income, and uncertainty about your future. Injured employees facing this situation are not alone—workers’ compensation attorneys will answer your questions and fight to obtain the benefits you deserve.
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What To Do When You Are Injured On The Job
When injured on the job be sure and follow these steps:
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New Study Shows Major Deficiencies in Texas Workers’ Compensation
A new study by the Cambridge, Mass. based Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) shows that Texas has major deficiencies in the amount of benefit payments and the overutilization of insurance carriers on cost containment efforts.
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