When you're injured on the job and you file a workers compensation claim, the first set of income benefits that you should receive is called Temporary Income Benefits ("TIBs'). Once you miss more than 7 days of work due to your injury, then your entitlement to TIBs will begin. They can last up to 104 weeks.
Remember, these income benefits are meant to replace your lost wages from being unable to return to work because of your work-related injury. But often times, you may not begin actually receiving your TIBs because your employer's insurance carrier doesn't believe you were injured on the job. The only way to resolve this problem is to take your matter up with the Texas Department of Insurance-Division of Workers Compensation ("Division"). And until you have resolved your nonpayment of benefits with the Division, you won't receive any of your lost wages.
Hiring legal counsel at this stage in the process is crucial. Without your regular income, bills start to pile up and it's difficult to make ends meet. With the help of an attorney who is board certified in workers compensation law, you'll receive the best legal guidance while moving through the workers compensation's complex system of administrative rules.