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The New Face of Compensation for Injured Workers

Recently in Texas and other states there has been a new trend emerging where employers are choosing to "opt out" of the traditional Worker's Compensation benefit scheme. By opting out of the Worker's Compensation scheme companies are self-insuring themselves and foregoing protections that Worker's Compensation provides to the company when an employee is injured on the job. However, what many feel the companies are betting on is that injured workers will not retain the services of an attorney, and will rely on their employer to provide them the medical care and benefits they need and deserve. This reliance can lead to issues of proper coverage and adequate benefits to the injured worker.

How do I report hazards that could lead to a workplace accident?

Many Texas workers have identified unsafe workplace conditions that they fear could lead to injury or death on the job. If you discover such potentially hazardous conditions, you need to notify someone -- but whom?

Temporary workers face higher risk of workplace accident

If you are a temporary worker, you may not realize that workers' compensation laws do not always apply to your individual situation. In fact, a growing number of companies that are employing temporary workers -- in office settings and even manufacturing plants -- are being cited by Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials. Temporary workers face heightened risk for on-the-job injury for a variety of reasons; paramount among those: The fact that temp workers generally are not properly trained.

"Nonsubscribers": What happens when you aren't covered by workers' compensation?

In 49 states, most or all employers are required to participate in a workers' compensation program to provide benefits to employees injured on the job. In Texas alone, it is entirely up to the employer whether to provide workers' compensation benefits to employees. Employers who chose not to are called "nonsubscribers." So, if you are injured on the job, what is the difference between having an employer with workers' compensation and having an employer who is a "nonsubscriber"?

Third Party Claims and Workers Compensation

Thirteen workplace-related deaths occur across the United States every day. In Texas most employers are required to obtain workers compensation insurance in order to have some protection for their employees in the event of a workplace injury or death. This insurance sets limits on the amount of damages the family of a loved one can recover after a workplace death or for the employee in the event of a serious work-related injury. When a serious injury or death occurs while on the job, family members should find out if a third party is responsible for the incident.

Injured Workers Should Encourage the Employer to Fight OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently been cracking down on U.S. construction sites for health and safety violations. When a worker is injured, an OSHA citation may seem like a justified response. However, this citation may result in the injured worker getting less compensation for his or her injuries in civil cases. The lawyers of Abraham Watkins have the experience and expertise to reverse this effect.

Supreme Court Removes Protection for Injured Workers

For almost 25 years, the law protected injured workers by allowing them to pursue an action against workers' compensation insurance carriers when they act in "bad faith" during the handling of workers' compensation claims. That protection no longer exists for those who are most vulnerable: workers whose ability to earn a living has been interrupted by an occupational injury.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2016-2017 Equal Access to Justice Champion

    The Equal Access to Justice Champions Program was started by the Houston Bar Association in 2006, to help ensure placement of Houston Volunteer Lawyers cases with pro bono volunteers. Originally, firms were tiered according to size, and firms within each tier committed to accept a certain number of pro bono cases from HVL each year for five years.

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers America | Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz | 2017

    Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

  • Lead Counsel Rated

    In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.

  • Texas Super Lawyers | Texas Monthly

    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.

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