Houston Lost Time Benefits Lawyer
A workplace injury in Houston, TX, can be devastating. Not only can it cause incredible pain, but it can keep you out of work for a while, too. If you’ve been forced to miss time at work, you deserve to be compensated for your lost time and income. The Houston lost time benefits lawyers at Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers can help you fight to get all of the compensation you deserve.
At Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers, we’re top-rated, award-winning trial attorneys with a demonstrated ability to win tough workers’ compensation cases. We’ve helped our clients win millions of dollars in workers’ compensation benefits, settlements, and verdicts. Trust that we’ll do everything in our power to get you full compensation for your lost time, too.
Contact our law firm, with three law office locations conveniently located throughout the city of Houston, Texas, to learn more. Your first consultation is 100 percent free, so call us for help today at (713) 500-5000.
How Our Houston Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Can Help You Seek Damages For Your Lost Time
When you miss time at work, you can miss out on your paycheck as well. That can put you in a tough financial situation – especially as you watch medical bills add up. Fortunately, Texas workers’ compensation law states that injured workers can recover certain benefits for their lost time and wages.
Unfortunately, getting those benefits in your hands can be more challenging than it should be. Your employer won’t want to see their insurance premiums go up, so they probably won’t be much help. And their insurance company certainly won’t be eager to cut you a check.
Hiring an experienced Houston workers’ compensation lawyer is the best way to put yourself in the best position to win.
Trust our Houston personal injury lawyers with your case, and we will:
- Work with experts to assess the true extent and scope of your injury
- Handle conversations and negotiations with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier
- Fight the insurance company (and their hand-picked medical providers) when they try to minimize the extent and impact of your workplace injury or illness
- Prepare a case that’s designed to secure all of the benefits for lost time that are available under Texas state law
Take the time you need to focus on getting better after getting injured at work. Let our Houston lost time benefits lawyers handle your workers’ compensation claim and fight for benefits. Call our compassionate and experienced team to get started with your free consultation now.
What Lost Time Benefits Are Available to Injured Workers in Houston, Texas?
Under Texas law, these are the different types of income benefits:
- Temporary Income Benefits (TIBs)
- Impairment Income Benefits (IIBs)
- Supplemental Income Benefits (SIBs), and
- Lifetime Income Benefits (LIBs).
These benefits are intended to make up for the loss of income you experience while you’re (a) unable to work or (b) limited in how much you can work.
Here’s a brief overview of each of these benefits and how they can provide some relief after you’re hurt while working in Houston.
Temporary Income Benefits
TIBs benefits are available if you’re unable to work for more than seven days.
You can recover 70 percent of the difference between:
- Your average weekly wage before you got hurt or sick, and
- What you’re able to earn after your injury.
There are caps on how much in TIBs benefits you can receive. If you were (are get) hurt on the job between October 2021 and September 2022, TIBs benefits max out at $1,058. You’re entitled to receive at least $159.
TIBs benefits are available until you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI), are able to earn your pre-injury paycheck, or 104 weeks have passed.
Impairment Income Benefits
If your injury results in permanent impairment or disability, then you may qualify for IIBs. After you reach MMI, a healthcare provider will assign an “impairment rating” based on the impact of your injury.
IIBs equal 70 percent of your average weekly wage. You can recover three weeks of IIBs for each percentage of “impairment.”
If your impairment rating is 30 percent, then you’ll be eligible for 90 weeks of IIBs.
Supplemental Income Benefits
You may qualify for SIBs if your impairment rating is greater than 15 percent, you’re looking for work, and you haven’t returned to work. You can also qualify if you have returned to work but are earning less than 80 percent of the average weekly wage in your position because your injury is so severe.
You cannot receive supplemental benefits if you opt to receive a lump sum payout.
SIBs equal 80 percent of the difference between your average weekly wage and whatever you were able to earn after your work-related injury.
Lifetime Income Benefits
Lifetime income benefits make up for lost income if you suffer a catastrophic injury, such as an amputation, paralysis, or burns.
LIBs are equal to 75 percent of your average weekly wage. You’ll see a three percent increase in benefits each year.
Our personal injury attorneys in Houston can help you secure all of the benefits you deserve.
Our Houston Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Will Help You Seek Lost Time Benefits
Texas workers’ compensation law gives you the right to seek benefits for lost income if you’re unable to work (or only able to work in a limited capacity). Our Houston lost time benefits lawyers will help you pursue all available benefits under the law.
We can also help you file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent party. By filing a lawsuit, you may be able to recover additional compensation for your lost time at work and other related damages (including money for pain and suffering).
Contact Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers in Houston to learn more. Your first consultation is free. We’re here to take your call when you need help 24/7/365.