03/16/2015 // Dallas, Texas, United States // Attorney Keith Clouse // Keith Clouse // (press release)
The Texas Supreme Court recently concluded that the Workers’ Compensation Act requires all claims regarding the investigation, handling, and settling of a workers’ compensation claim to be brought in an administrative proceeding before the Division of Workers’ Compensation. The case brings attention to Texas’s workers’ compensation system. Many Texans, perhaps hoping that they do not need to avail themselves of it, pay little attention to the state’s workers’ compensation system. Here, Dallas employment lawyer Keith Clouse provides some insight.
Workers’ compensation is a state-regulated insurance program. It pays medical bills and lost wages for employees who were injured at work or who suffer from work-related diseases or illnesses. The Division of Workers’ Compensation is the division of the state’s Department of Insurance that is charged with handling workers’ compensation issues. It regulates and administers workers’ compensation in Texas and monitors insurance carriers, employers, and others for compliance with the applicable statutes and rules. It may impose sanctions and administrative penalties of up to $25,000 per day per occurrence.
This article is presented by the Dallas employment attorneys at Clouse Dunn LLP. To speak to an employment law attorney about a workplace concern, send an email to [email protected] or call (214) 239-2705.
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