Workers' Compensation Benefits Are Often Underpaid. Here's Why.

The Texas workers' compensation system is set up in such a way that injured workers are often underpaid benefits, an effect that favors workers' compensation insurance carriers, whose profit margins are increased by such mistakes. There are several steps in the process where calculation errors and false information can lead to underpayments, but one of the most common relates to the failure of the employer and/or the insurance company to account for the non-cash benefits that are a part of the employee's wages. All of the income benefits that an injured worker receives in connection with their claim are based on a concept called the "average weekly wage" of the worker. And correctly calculat

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