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  • My Texas Workers Compensation Claim Was Denied - Now What?

    There are many reasons why a Texas workers compensation claim may be denied. Some of the more common reasons for denial are discussed, as well as solutions and tips for establishing the claim and ove

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  • Texas Workers' Compensation: Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) Is Not Based On ODG or MDA Guidelines

    One of the recent trends in Texas workers' compensation claims is how designated doctors are using the Medical Disability Advisor (MDA) or the Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) to establish when a patient reaches MMI. Many injured workers are having their benefits taken awa...

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  • Average Weekly Wage For Most Employees Owed Texas Workers' Compensation Benefits

    Texas workers' compensation benefits are calculated based upon the injured workers' average weekly wage, also known as AWW. It is important to make sure your average weekly wage is correct in order to maximize your benefits. Small variances in average weekly wage can add up to l...

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  • Texas Workers' Compensation: Exceeding Official Disability Guidelines Treatment Recommendations

    If it has been more than two weeks since you sustained a work-related injury in Texas, then you probably have heard about ODG, or the Official Disability Guidelines. This is the book that is used to determine what treatment is automatically approved without asking, and what treat...

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  • Disability In Texas Workers' Compensation Claims

    Texas workers' compensation law defines disability as the inability, because of a workplace injury, to earn the pre-injury wage. This means that if your injury results in a loss of earnings, then you meet the definition of disability. This might be because you cannot work at all...

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  • Submitting A Request To Change Treating Doctor In A Texas Workers' Compensation Claim

    Texas workers' compensation law requires that all injured workers have an official treating doctor who manages all treatment and referrals in the claim. This is generally the first doctor you get treatment from unless the first doctor is the company doctor or an emergency room do...

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  • Texas Workers' Compensation: Selecting A Treating Doctor

    Most injured workers receive medical attention first from either an emergency room doctor or the company doctor. But these are not viable options for long-term care. The emergency room doctor won't treat beyond that first visit, and the company doctor is often more concerned abou...

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  • How To File A Texas Workers' Compensation Claim

    Injured workers often feel like they face a dilemma following an injury. They often know they need to say something so they can get some medical attention, but they often either fear for their job or have the mindset that they want to be a good "company man." But the worst thing...

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  • Social Media & Your Texas Workers' Compensation Case

    If you're online right now reading this post, chances are you have at least one social media account. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and a host of other sites are loaded with people who post updates about their daily activities, feelings and whereabouts. Have you ever taken a moment ...

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  • Texas Workers' Compensation: How to Request a Designated Doctor Matrix

    Format The request must be in writing and be addressed to the Office of the Medical Advisor. It may be mailed to Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation, 7551 Metro Center D

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