Matthew Lewis – Booker & Lewis, P.C.

Update - Texas Workers' Compensation Impairment Rating Disputes

Once a Decision & Order is issued finding that the claimant is not at maximum medical improvement, a future certification of MMI cannot be backdated to a date prior to the report the Hearing Officer relied upon to find that the…more
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Impairment Ratings For Traumatic Brain Injury In Texas Workers' Compensation Claims

Texas workers' compensation law requires that impairment ratings be given using the AMA Guides To The Evaluation Of Permanent Impairment, 4th Edition. Many Texas injured workers are given little or no impairment rating for a…more
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Average Weekly Wage For Most Employees Owed Texas Workers' Compensation Benefits

Texas workers' compensation law requires that all benefit payments be based on the injured workers' average weekly wage. Understanding how average weekly wage is determined is crucial for both insurance adjusters and injured…more
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Disability In Texas Workers' Compensation Claims

Disability under Texas workers' compensation law is not the same as disability in a social security claim. It is an economic concept tied to a claimant's ability to earn wages rather than functional ability per se. …more
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Submitting A Request To Change Treating Doctor In A Texas Workers' Compensation Claim

Injured workers in Texas have the right to treat with a doctor of their choice. They are not required to treat with a company doctor. This article explains the process for submitting the documentation necessary to secure an…more
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How To File A Texas Workers' Compensation Claim

When an injury occurs in the workplace, there are three things that an injured worker must do immediately to properly file a claim. This article addresses why it is important to timely report an injury to the employer, to seek…more
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Proving Extent Of Injury In A Disputed Texas Workers' Compensation Case

Extent of injury is a highly contested issue in the Texas workers' compensation system. Insurance companies regularly raise disputes claiming that liability is limited to a sprain or strain diagnosis when in fact, the injury is…more
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Impairment Rating For Distal Clavicle Resection In A Texas Workers' Comp Claim

In Texas, when an injured worker has a compensable workers' compensation claim, he is entitled to an impairment rating, which is a measurement of the permanent damage to the body. In many shoulder injuries that are surgical,…more
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Proving Causation In A Texas Workers' Compensation Claim

Injured workers and doctors in Texas are often misled to believe that if the claimant can prove his diagnosis, then it will be covered under the workers' compensation claim. But that is never enough. The injured worker must…more
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Social Media & Your Texas Workers' Comp Case

The potential effect of social media status postings on a workers' compensation claim…more
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Can An Insurance Company Recoup Overpaid Texas Workers' Compensation Benefits From An Injured Worker?

There are times when an insurance company finds that it has paid more benefits to an injured worker than what was owed. In Texas, when workers' compensation benefits have been overpaid, there are statutes and rules that control…more
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Avoiding The Ninety Day Rule: Filing Proper Disputes & Challenging Validity of Impairment Ratings

In a Texas workers' compensation claim, injured workers receive an impairment rating to determine the permanent damages to their person for injuries sustained on the job. When an impairment rating is first assigned, claimants…more
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