How Do I File For Workers Compensation in Sugarland TX
In order for an injured worker to obtain workers’ compensation benefits in Texas, he must file a workers’ compensation claim with Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation.
A certain amount of procedures and timelines need to be followed in able for the worker to make an eligible claim.
These procedures and timelines are located below.
Reporting The Injury to the Employer Within 30 Days
The first step after a worker has suffered a work-related injury starts with reporting to the employer about the injury within a 30 day period.
In the case that an employee fails to notify their employer, the employee can result in a forfeit of the their rights to obtain workers’ compensation.
Furthermore, when an injured employee has discussed their injury with their employer, it is now the employer’s job to ensure that any unsafe work conditions do not go unnoticed, to make sure that other employees are not at risk of injury.
Reporting also produces a record of the injury with the boss.
Employer Notification of The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Provider
During an eight day period, if a worker has missed more than one day of work because of a work-related injury, the employer is required to notify the workers’ compensation insurance provider.
The Employer’s First Report of Injury or Illness form (DWC Form-001) must be completed and submitted to the insurance provider by the employer, with a copy of this report provided to the injured employee.
Submitting The Appropriate Paperwork
The Employee’s Claim for Compensation for a Work-Related Injury or Occupational Disease form (DWC Form-041) must be completed and submitted to the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Worker’s Compensation by the injured employee.
The one year statute of limitations must be taken into account for when filing a workers’ compensation claim.
Generally at the Division of Workers’ Compensation field office, located nearest to the individual, these forms can be found and completed by the injured worker.
Filing For Death Benefits Through Workers’ Compensation
In the misfortunate event that an employee has died because of a work-related injury or sickness, the employee’s surviving family members (i.e., children, grandchildren, spouse, other dependents and parents) can recover death benefits through workers’ compensation if they are eligible.
The Beneficiary Claim for Death Benefits must be completed and submitted to the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation by the surviving family members.
When filing a worker’s compensation claim, this form is required to be completed within the one year statute of limitations.
A copy of the death certificate and copies of other legal documentation are necessary to have in order for the surviving family member to file the DWC Form-042.