The Texas Workers' Compensation claims process is very complex, especially in cases where the employer denies an injured worker's claim or tries to stop payments after they've begun.
To help injured workers understand the work comp claims process, our firm has provided this general outline of the workers' compensation process.
When you are injured on the job, you are required to report the injury to your employer within 120 days of being injured.
If you fail to report the injury to your employer within 120 days of being injured or within 120 days of learning that you have a work-related disease, you are not able to collect workers' compensation payments and your case ends here. An exception exists for cases involving progressive diseases.
Under Texas law, employers are required to post a form where it can be seen and read by all employees. This form gives the contact information for the person who handles workers' compensation claims for your company. The form will provide the name, address, and phone number of the person you should contact should you get hurt on the job.
After you properly notify your employer of your injury, your employer must immediately report the injury to its work comp insurance company. The employer must also file a Report of Occupational Injury or Disease with the Bureau of Workers' Compensation within a set time frame. If an injury results in death, the employer is required to file the report with the Bureau within 48 hours.
At this point, the employer will either accept or deny responsibility for your injury. Please choose one of the statements below that best describes your situation:
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