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Many workplace injuries occur in Texas every day. According to the Texas Department of Insurance, there were 2 nonfatal injuries/illnesses in Texas per 100 full-time workers in 2018.

When a worker is injured performing their job duties, they may be out of work for a period of time while they heal. To make up for these lost wages and related medical expenses, injured workers can receive workers' compensation benefits.

But, what happens if your employer fires you before you get a chance to file a claim? Can they legally terminate you as an employee just because you sustained a work injury?

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Many teens look forward to the carefree summer months when they are out of school and finally able to use their newly found freedoms as licensed drivers.

While summer is a time to relax for young people, it is not a time to relax behind the wheel. Crashes involving teen drivers significantly increase during the summer months, and here's why.

100 Deadliest Days of Summer

The days between Memorial Day in May and Labor Day in September are what's known as the notorious “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.”

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While some work injuries are caused because of an employer's negligence or disregard for safety, others are caused because of a worker's own error or misstep. A mover may accidentally drop a heavy box on their foot or a nurse may slip and hurt their back while moving a patient.

In these cases, can individuals still file for workers' compensation?

Fault and Workers' Comp Benefits

Workers' compensation benefits are provided on a “no-fault” basis in Texas. This means that the employee does not even need to prove that the employer acted negligently for their injury or illness. The employer could have sustained the injury due to their own error and still successfully pursue workers' comp benefits.

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One of the most dangerous things that a driver can do is get behind the wheel after drinking. Not only does this put the driver's own life at risk, but everyone else on the road is put in jeopardy by these reckless actions.

Even knowing the risks, some people still engage in drunk driving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that around 29 people are killed every day in an alcohol-related vehicular accident.

There are two courses of legal action that can be taken against a drunk driver. The first involves criminal charges; prosecutors will charge the driver for illegally operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Legal punishments can include jail time, monetary fees, and license suspicion.

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If you're injured on the job, you most likely will need to file a workers' compensation claim in order to get disability benefits, which will cover all your medical expenses and lost wages when you're out of work. Unfortunately, many valid workers' comp claims are denied each year because the insurance company believes they found a valid reason why they shouldn't pay.

Appealing a Denied Claim in Texas

If your workers' comp claim is denied in Texas, your workers' comp attorney can help you through the appeals process. Your employer's insurance company is required to notify you of the denial within 15 days of when you filed the claim. They must provide you a written statement with reasons for the denial.

To dispute a decision, you will need to request a benefit review conference (BRC) with Texas' Division of Workers' Compensation. This form will provide information on your injury, the benefits you are claiming, and why you disagree with the insurance company's denial of your claim.

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