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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Workers Compensation Claims Have Decreased in Texas

Is underreporting to blame for the decrease in workers' compensation claims? If so, how much of an effect is it having?

According to a simple calculation, a recent study tells us that workers' compensation claims have decreased in Texas. But the study raises an important question -- Why? One hypothesis is that other claims exist, but go unreported for long enough to render them unsuccessful. A recent interview with multiple workers brings to light all the all too common experiences of injured workers who cannot get the compensation they deserve for injuries that impede their ability to earn a living.

A common thread that presents itself is the combined reluctance of employees to report a workplace injury, and the reluctance of employers to act upon one if it is reported. Both of these actions can prevent a workplace injury from being compensated. If notice is not given to the employer in a timely fashion, the opportunity to gather evidence of the injury can disappear. Furthermore, if the employer attempts to either dissuade the employee from filing a claim or makes little effort to properly document the injury, it can have an adverse effect on the employee’s success. The important lesson, therefore, is if an injury presents itself at work, the employee is wise to consider taking action immediately.

One interviewee explained that his supervisor refused to allow him to seek treatment for a workplace injury and refused to report the injury. When the injury became infected, treatment was finally sought. Such intimidation tactics are, unfortunately, all too common. Another interviewee explained how his injury arose slowly over a number of years from regular and constant lifting, and because of that the workers' compensation insurance carrier could not link it to a specific, reported incident. This is another tactic insurers use to deny an otherwise valid claims.

If you have been hurt at work in the state of Texas, do not delay. You work hard. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries. There are consequences to inaction. Speak to the experienced workers' compensation attorneys at the Sawicki Law Firm today before it is too late. Call 888-468-8844.


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