A century ago, Texas started allowing employers to opt out of state-mandates workers’ compensation benefits. In spite of opposition and controversy, it has stood the test of time. In those 100 years, other states have tried to model their worker’ compensation programs after the Lone Star State.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins estimate that medical mistakes kill 251,000 Americans annually, ranking as the third leading cause of death in the country. Many who suffer injury or death are not only victims of malpractice, but also of hospitals’ standard operating procedures.
Injuries happen in the workplace all the time. While you think benefits for injuries might be limited to things like broken bones or head injuries, your repetitive stress injury may also be eligible for workers' compensation. Years spend sitting at a desk and typing away on a computer can cause long-term damage to your joints and nerves.