What to Expect in Regard to Making an Insurance Claim For Busted Pipes Following The Historic Texas Freeze

For those of you whose homes or businesses were damaged by broken pipes during the recent freeze, below is summary of what you can expect during the insurance claim-handling process and some suggestions of what you can do now to help facilitate your insurer's investigation of the claim. Please note that many of you at this early stage do not need to retain an attorney. It is typically only after your insurance Read More

4 Tips on Giving a Deposition After a Personal Injury

If your personal injury claim has turned into a lawsuit, there is a good chance you will be served with a notice to appear at a deposition. A deposition is a statement taken under oath. This is a routine part of the discovery process, which is the phase of a trial in which both sides are gathering information about the case. The notice you receive will give you information about the place and time of the deposition, Read More

Can You Still Recover Damages If the Accident Was Partially Your Fault?

It’s a common question in Texas personal injury matters. For example, let’s say another driver didn’t stop at the stop sign and plowed into the side of your car at an intersection. You know you were probably going a few ticks over the speed limit when the other driver blew through the stop sign. Can you still recover damages (monetary compensation as a result of a loss or injury)?  The answer is probably yes, but Read More

Handling a Covered Loss under Commercial Insurance

Texans are no strangers to tornadoes, wildfires, and other devastating forces of nature. Often these adverse events affect not only homes but also businesses.  We hope if your business is damaged due to a storm or other type of loss that you have sufficient insurance coverage.  Hopefully, you have at least one commercial insurance policy that protects your company in case of a catastrophic loss. The purpose of this Read More

Are You an Independent Contractor or an Employee?

The internet has made it easier than ever for workers across Texas, the country, and the globe to engage in side-hustles and other jobs on a work-for-hire basis. This general arrangement is often referred to as the “gig economy,” and it is only getting larger.  Central to the gig economy is the claim that those who provide gig services are independent contractors and not employees. Employers often prefer to work with Read More

Why is a Catastrophic Injury Case Different from a Typical Personal Injury Case?

Most cases involving bodily injuries are a serious matter because even short-term injuries like sprains and strains can dramatically affect a person’s life.  Such bodily injury cases require people to seek medical treatment, incur medical costs, cause them to suffer physical pain and impairment, and may cause them to lose income.  The duration of medical treatment in such cases are usually limited to a year or less.  Read More

Should You Be Classified as an Hourly Worker Instead of Salaried?

Perhaps the most well-known benefit of earning an hourly wage (versus salaried) is the (supposed) eligibility to receive overtime pay, which, as most everyone knows, is 1.5 times the regular rate of pay. Workers who are eligible for overtime receive this rate whenever they work more than 40 hours in a week.  However, a common myth is that no salaried workers are eligible to receive overtime pay. The real question Read More

Third Parties Who May Be Liable in a Workplace Injury

Unlike most other states, Texas does not require employers doing business inside the state to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Texas is nearly unique in not requiring workers’ compensation insurance. A business that doesn’t carry workers’ compensation insurance is known as a “non-subscriber.” If your employer does carry workers’ compensation insurance and you are injured or become ill due to your job, you have Read More

Explaining Tip Credits

It is fairly common knowledge that the current federal minimum wage is $7.25, which has remained unchanged since 2009. Some states and large cities have higher minimum wages (Seattle currently holds the nation’s top spot at $15.45), but Texas is not one of them. The state follows the federal minimum rate. For tipped employees, though, the minimum wage becomes a little more complicated. This blog will take a look at Read More

Is Your Employer a Non-Subscriber to Workers’ Compensation?

After you have a serious on-the-job injury, your life will significantly change, at least in the immediate future. In severe cases, you could lose certain physical functionalities for life. In the aftermath of a workplace injury, you have so much to worry about: medical bills, lost wages, your physical and emotional recovery, and so much more. On top of all that, you have to determine whether or not your employer Read More