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Severe burn injury from electrocution…

Submitted By: Beth (Denver, Colorado)

My son is currently in Burn ICU in Colorado following electrocution while working as a lineman. The company he works for is located in and insured for Worker’s Comp in Texas. My son actually lives in PA.

I realize his medical bills will be covered by Worker’s Comp, however we are wondering about the expense of his traveling home when he is released. He’ll need continued care for several months and won’t be able to stay in CO alone. As his next of kin, I’ve also incurred out-of-pocket expenses to be at his bedside.

Can you tell me what expenses WC is likely to cover, if any? Thank you.

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Answer

Dear Beth,

Texas workers compensation benefits available to your son include the following:

  • Medical expenses – This includes his medical treatment, hospital visits, diagnostic testing, etc.
  • Out-of-pocket expenses – This includes his medications, wheelchair, home nursing costs, costs of travel to and from treatment, including your cost for gasoline, hospital parking lot fees, your lost wages if you are the only person who is available to care for your son at home, and other related expenses.
  • Rehabilitation – This includes physical therapy, the costs of retraining and related tuition costs, and other expenses required to retrain your son for another job, if necessary.
  • Disability benefits – There are four types of disability benefits available to injured workers in Texas: Temporary total disability, Temporary partial disability, Permanent total disability, Permanent partial disability
  • Lost wages – workers comp allows for approximately 2/3rds of your son’s prior income before the accident
  • Death benefits

For information about Texas Workers Compensation benefits go to the Texas Department of Insurance website.

You can also call call the Department at 800-252-7031 ext. 1

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: October 19, 2017

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