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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Texas Supreme Court Says Injured Workers Can't Sue for Bad Faith

The Texas Supreme Court ruled on June 22, 2012 that injured workers can no longer sue an insurance carrier for bad faith in handling worker's compensation claims involving on the job accidents and injuries.  The Court reasoned that such suits interfere with the worker's compensation system.

In Texas, a worker generally can not sue his or her employer for work related injuries caused by on the job accidents if such employer carries worker's compensation insurance, with limited exceptions such as if the employer acted with malice or was grossly negligent.

However, many times, work related accidents and on the job injuries are caused by the negligence or fault of third parties who are involved at the work site.  For example, if an employer hired a third party company to perform work at the work site and that third party negligently caused an accident involving an employee from the hiring employer, the employee can sue the third party company for his or her injuries.

Therefore, if you have been involved in a work related accident causing serious personal injury, it is imperative that you contact a personal injury lawyer today to evaluate your case, even if you are receiving worker's compensation.  Call Sheadyn R. Rogers of the Rogers Law Firm at (361) 356-6057 for a free case evaluation.  Sheadyn R. Rogers is a Corpus Christi Texas personal injury attorney who handles work related accidents and on the job injuries for clients.




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