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After sustaining a workplace injury or work-related illness, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits in order to supplement your lost income. Getting proper compensation can literally be the difference between putting food on the table, keeping a roof over your family's head, and paying all your bills.

While there are many different types of disability benefits, temporary income benefits (TIBs) may be paid to individuals who need a temporary supplement to their income due to a work injury or illness. Below, we break down who qualifies for these benefits and how they are calculated.

Qualifications for TIBs

You may be eligible to receive TIBs only if your workplace injury or work-related injury caused you to be out of work for more than seven days. In addition, you must be earning less than your pre-injury earnings for more than those seven days. This means that, on your eighth day of lost income, you may become eligible to receive weekly TIB checks.

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Posted on in Traumatic Brain Injuries

Suffering a traumatic brain injury is one of the most damaging things you can encounter. The long-term pain and disabilities associated with brain damage force you to require medical care, specialized equipment, lost income, and more.

As with any other injury, a traumatic brain injury varies by severity. Some are much worse than others, making diagnosis essential when you suffer harm. You should know about the various symptoms associated with mild TBIs and moderate and severe TBIs.

What are the Symptoms of Mild TBIs?

The symptoms of a mild TBI fall into three categories: physical, sensory, and cognitive.

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When you think of personal injury law, you may imagine that all cases are similar. You may think they all involve injuries of any level, negligence, and potential compensation. However, courts throughout Corpus Christi and all of Texas consider the severity of the injury when determining the specific amount of damages to award.

The most severe injuries receive the label of “catastrophic.” These types of injuries are some of the most devastating, often resulting in permanent damage and disability. Because of the ramifications of these injuries, the consideration for compensation often heightens. The value of the case may increase.

If you or someone you love suffers a catastrophic injury, it's vital to recognize what type of injury it is and what you can do in the aftermath. Three of the most common catastrophic injuries include the following:

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Many workers suffer injuries on the job, but the damage may only be severe enough to alter the workers' ability to perform his or her current job duties. For instance, if a person works on a machine when they suffer a back injury, a doctor may order the worker to stay off his or her feet. In this situation, the employer may look to another position for the employee.

When an employer changes a worker's position based on an injury, workers' compensation insurance refers to this as a modified duty. The worker can earn an income, but there is a possibility his or her pay will decrease based on the new position. It's essential to recognize how this alters workers' compensation benefits.

Receiving Benefits for Modified Duty

If your employer offers workers' compensation insurance, you may have the opportunity to pursue benefits for modified duty. For example, you may have to switch positions, and your employer may lower your pay to reflect the new job duties.

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One of the primary responsibilities of a hospital is patient protection. The facility must protect patients who they admit in the hospital to stay for further diagnosis and treatment. Hospitals need to ensure patients don't do anything to cause harm to another patient or him or herself.

Patient protection mistakes are never events—things in the medical field that should never happen for any reason. As such, when something does happen, the hospital responsible for the patient is negligent and can be the subject of legal action.

What are Patient Protection Mistakes?

The moment a hospital admits a patient for care, that patient becomes the hospital's responsibility. The facility must ensure they're taking all necessary steps to protect the patient. While most cases of patient protection mistakes involve discharging a patient unable to care for him or herself to an unauthorized party, suicide can also be a significant problem.

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