The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation is taking a promising pilot program statewide to help simplify and speed resolution of some disputes.
A pilot started last year splits up related claim issues so that a hearing officer can decide the most far-reaching issue first. This can clear the way for secondary issues to be resolved sooner. So far, about half of the disputes accepted for the program have had a hearing, and a third of those have resulted in full agreement to resolve the dispute.
Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Ryan Brannan said he is encouraged by the outcomes.
“The division has a number of tools in its toolkit to manage claims disputes,” Brannan said. “The two-step approach to deciding some of the most complex issues in a dispute can be a good option for system participants in certain cases.”
The Worker’s Compensation program is designed to help employees who’ve been injured at work or are experiencing a variety of other claims related to their work setting. While there’s been several issues and disputes, worker’s compensation is working to resolve these issues easily. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.