Making a false statement or fraudulent workers’ compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.
A Texas law was intended to make the state’s workers’ compensation law easier to understand after a response to a Texas Supreme Court ruling in a personal injury workers’ compensation lawsuit.
The issue the previous ruling created was whether or not a contract employee injured at a work site can sue the work site owner for negligence if the site’s owner has workers’ compensation insurance.
Our firm’s San Diego personal injury lawyers believe that companies and owners of companies should be held responsible if an employee is injured while at work. Workplace injuries can lead to worker’s comp injuries and wrongful death in the same ways that other events like car accidents can.
In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled in the Entergy v. Summers workers’ compensation lawsuit that the contract worker did not have the right to workers’ compensation because Texas state law says that the general contractor is shielded from a negligence suit for covered work-related injuries under the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act.
Representative Helen Giddings added words to clarify the definitions of general contractor and subcontractor to prohibit work-site owners from being considered general contractors.
Depending on the profession, getting injured at work can lead to a wide range of personal injury. Sometimes getting hurt on the job can lead to scratches or bruises, but other jobs can lead to deep cuts and broken bones.
As personal injury lawyers in San Diego, we know that workers’ compensation laws are used to protect workers in the event they become hurt on the job. If you are hurt at work, we recommend hiring an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to help you get a settlement to help pay medical bills as well as any pain and suffering, emotional trauma and lost wages.
Call us now at 1-800-655-6585 or click here for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer and find out how we can help you. We speak English and Spanish, and we look forward to providing advice for your case. No fee if no recovery.