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Nova Healthcare Pleads Guilty To Texas Workers’ Compensation Fraud Resulting In Treating Doctor Problems For Patients

Big news dropped this week:  Nova Healthcare plead guilty to Texas workers’ compensation fraud.  Texas Mutual Insurance pursued the case against them with the Travis County DA’s office.  Part of the plea agreement was that Nova can no longer treat patients in Texas Mutual’s healthcare network, Texas Star.  This means that every injured worker in […]

Can The Insurance Company Dispute My Impairment Rating If It Includes A Diagnosis In Dispute?

I got this question from a caller today.  It’s a common situation that I get asked about often.  What happens is that the insurance company denies liability for anything major and says the only compensable injury is a sprain or strain.  Then, towards the end of treatment, the patient gets an impairment rating that includes […]

The High Cost Of Using A Texas Workers Compensation Ombudsman

What Are Your Chances When Using An Ombudsman In A Texas Workers Compensation Case? I spent some time tonight reviewing the latest report from the Office of Injured Employee Counsel  about using an ombudsman for a Texas workers comp case and what the ombudsman outcomes were for 2013.  This is specific to Texas workers compensation […]


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Texas Workers’ Compensation Claims & Car Wreck Injuries

On The Job Car Wreck:  File Both A Texas Workers’ Compensation Claim & A Personal Injury Case Car Wreck Injury An injured employee called because he had been in a car wreck driving from his workplace to a client’s office where he was going to repair some electrical issues.  On the way to his client’s office, […]

Should I Use An Ombudsman or An Attorney For My Texas Workers’ Compensation Case?

Texas Workers’ Compensation Representation:  Ombudsman or Attorney? I was discussing a case this morning with a gentleman who sustained an injury that was serious enough that he cannot go to work. His job requires a lot of heavy lifting and physical labor, and his back injury is just too painful for that kind of work. […]

Disqualifying Associations & Texas Designated Doctor Disputes

Disqualifying Associations & Texas Designated Doctor Disputes Unfortunately, too many things happen in a Texas workers’ compensation claim that make you think the deck is stacked against you for it to all be coincidence. I mean, by the time the employer makes you go to its doctor and the insurance company starts denying things and […]

Extent Of Injury And Texas Workers’ Compensation Claims

Pursue Extent Of Injury Early In A Workers’ Compensation Case It is important to address extent of injury disputes as early as possible in a claim.  Because carriers typically start denying medical treatment once maximum medical improvement has been certified, it is usually easier to address diagnosis and causation early in the claim, as opposed […]

What Is Causation In A Texas Workers’ Compensation Claim?

In order to establish that an injury was sustained in the course and scope of employment, an injured worker in Texas must prove that his injury resulted from an activity incident to his employment (like lifting a box), or is in some way related to his status as an employee (like a chemical exposure).  This […]

FREE Texas workers’ compensation claim reviews – next day appointments

I’ve been offering free Texas workers’ compensation claims reviews for awhile now.  I keep seeing people who have been trying to get an Ombudsman appointment, but there is a waiting list of over 30 days to get in.  Ombudsmen are not lawyers and don’t represent anyone.  They are a customer service option to assist you […]


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