Texas Workforce Disaster Unemployment Assistance

As a result of the recent hurricane Harvey you may be eligible for benefits if you lost your job, were self-employed or you are no longer able to work as a direct result of the disaster. You can apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) online using the Texas Workforce Commission's (TWC) website or call their Tele-Center 1-800-939-6631. [...]

By | September 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Hurricane Harvey Assistance

Hurricane Harvey was declared a disaster by the Disaster Assistance Improvement Program (DAIP) on August 25, 2017. This is an important date when it comes to applying for the various types of disaster assistance. DAIP is a partner organization to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). If you want to make sure that your location [...]

Gross Negligence and Fatal Work Accidents

Under the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act, workers’ compensation benefits are available to employees for work-related injuries and family members of employees who suffered a fatal work injury. In addition, exemplary damages may be recovered by the surviving spouse or heirs of the deceased employee if the employee’s death was caused by an intentional act or [...]

By | August 24th, 2017|Categories: Workplace Injuries|0 Comments

Non-Subscriber Workers’ Compensation Cases in Texas

In Texas, any employers who do not provide workers’ compensation insurance are known as non-subscribers. By electing not to carry workers’ compensation insurance, non-subscribers lose important legal protections, such as immunity from lawsuits brought by injured employees. If that injured employee proves in court that the employer was negligent, the employer could be subject to [...]

By | August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Workplace Injuries|0 Comments

How to File a Worker’s Compensation Claim

If your employer has workers’ compensation coverage and you have been injured on the job, filing a claim is similar to filing an insurance claim. Below, we discuss the various steps you can take to file a claim. Does Your Employer Have Workers’ Compensation? First and foremost, find out if your employer has workers’ compensation [...]

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: Workplace Injuries|0 Comments

Employers Responsibilities to Employees

Employers have a vested interest in keeping workers healthy and free from injury. In order to do this, not only should employers have procedures and protocols for protecting workers from getting injured in the first place, but also workers’ compensation coverage to ensure that anyone who is injured is taken care of. In fact, some [...]

By | August 15th, 2017|Categories: Workplace Injuries|0 Comments

2017 Fleming Scholarship Award Winners

Michael Fleming Law and Pre-Law Scholarships Law Scholarship Christina Drakeford, Buffalo NY Christina has moved to Cambridge, MA to attend first year at Harvard Law School. She earned an undergraduate degree in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell university. This past summer Christina spent her time working as a Human Resources assistant at a personal [...]

By | August 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Injured at Work Who Pays My Medical Bills

Ideally, any employee who is injured during the course of his or her employment experiences a full recovery that allows him or her to return to the job. However, the reality is that many workers each year cannot return to their previous jobs, and instead have to rely on workers’ compensation because they will simply [...]

By | August 10th, 2017|Categories: Workplace Injuries|0 Comments

Workers Rights and a Safe Working Environment

Sadly, we see news stories every day that cover injured workers whose lives are forever changed by an accident at work. They bring to light the dangerous working conditions for dairy farmworkers, the many deaths that plague agricultural workers in general every year and the significant injuries and deaths that those who work on construction [...]

Investigating Construction Site Accidents

Many people remember the incident of the Mast Climbing Platform Collapse in Austin, Texas in June of 2009, when three construction employees of Capoera Construction were killed when a mast climbing platform collapsed at a condominium project under construction. When incidents like these occur, and they result in one or more worker fatalities (and sometimes [...]