On Friday, the Texas House of Representatives unanimously approved two bills that made minor changes to workers' compensation statutes.
H.B. 3622 would prevent physicians from receiving payment for providing services to injured workers if the physician was suspended or removed from the list of approved physicians by action from the Texas Workers Compensation Commission prior to 2007, or if the physician has not been reinstated or restored by the Commission to the list of approved physicians or to the workers' compensation scheme.
HB 3158 would extend the access to exemplary damages in the event of an employee's work-related death to enable the recovery of a surviving spouse, heir to the employee's or deceased employee's property in the event that the death was caused by an intentional act or omission by the employer or the employer's gross negligence.
Both bills are now being moved to the Senate for consideration. If signed into law, the bills would enter into force on September 1