• December 09, 2023
  • Worker's Comp Legislation
    Updated On: Feb 48, 2019

    Rep. Burrows files bill to protect first responders from illegal denials of workers’ compensation insurance claims


    AUSTIN - Today, Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) and four joint authors filed House Bill 1521 which would penalize insurers that illegally deny Texas first responders access to medical treatment for line-ofduty injuries covered under state workers’ compensation laws.

    This proposed legislation would amend Section 415.021 of the Labor Code to add sanctions, administrative penalties, and other remedies, including attorney’s fees, for administrative violations by self- or collectively insured municipalities obligated to cover eligible workers’ compensation claims. The amount of the administrative penalty shall not be less than two times the total amount of benefits payable in connection with the first responder employee’s claim.


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