Daniel Morris

Daniel Morris

The Morris Law Firm
  • Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation
  • Texas
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Summary

I primarily represent people who are injured on the job or as the result of someone's negligence. We can help if your employer is a subscriber to workers compensation or even if they are a non-subscriber.

I've been helping people with injuries since 1996. I am fluent in Spanish. We can also help with criminal, family or immigration issues.

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers' Compensation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Texas
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Languages
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
The Morris Law Firm
- Current
Owner and attorney handling injury cases from workers compensation to auto or trucking cases.
Attorney
The Law Offices of Bernardo Eureste
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Litigation attorney for the law firm, handling administrative workers compensation hearings.
Education
University Of Houston
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
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Professional Associations
Texas State Bar # 00795789
Member
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Blog
The Morris Law Firm Blog
Legal Answers
5 Questions Answered

Q. How does workers' compensation work?
A: For subscribers to the system, the Division of Workers' Compensation administer the adjudication of claims. They are a state agency that make decisions as to medical and financial benefits for injured workers. It begins with a Benefit Review Conference where both parties provide evidence and attempt to informally resolve the issue. If it can not get worked out, it goes to a Contested Case Hearing. In the Contested Case Hearing evidence is entered in to the record and testimony may be taken. An administrative judge will give a written decision deciding the issues. A case my be disputed to the Division of Workers Compensation Appeals Panel, where they may act upon the case or not. From there a case may be appealed up to District Court and so on.
Q. Do you have to pay back workers comp if you get a settlement
A: It depends upon what you mean by settlement. If you receive short/long term disability disability, it will depend upon the policy. If you receive a settlement for a bad faith claim from you cause of action, you do not reimburse the insurance carrier. However, if you are injured in your employment by the negligent act of a third party, your workers compensation insurance carrier my place a subrogation lien against your future entitlement to benefits and/or medical treatment. If you are found entitled to social security disability or insurance, it will not affect your workers compensation. However, your workers compensation benefit may affect your social security benefit.
Q. Can you get fired wile you on workers comp
A: Yes you can get fired. However, the Texas Labor Code prohibits employers from discharging or discriminating against employees for filing a workers compensation claim, hiring a lawyer to represent them, instituting a proceeding or testifying in a workers compensation claim. If the employer discriminates or discharges the employee for any of the above actions, the employee may get his position back and be entitled to damages.
Q. What type of lawsuit is workers compensation act filed under?
A: A Texas workers compensation claim is filed through the Division of Workers' Compensation, Texas Department of Insurance. There are various field offices of the Division of Workers' Compensation which help to adjudicate the claims. If your employer is a subscriber to the workers compensation system and you have a work related injury, you need to file a First Report of Injury with the Division of Workers' Compensation to start your claim. Your insurance carrier may accept your claim, deny your claim or accept a portion of your claim. If there are disputes, you need to request a Benefit Review Conference to have your case heard. Always use an attorney for assistance. You will notice that the insurance carrier will use an attorney or a professional representative to present their defense.
Q. If a worker gets hurt while working on a job and doesn't have a social... will they still be able to sue the company?
A: If his employer is a subscriber to the Texas Workers' Compensation, it does not matter at all if he actually had a social security number. The workers compensation insurance policy is a private policy which is administered by the Division of Workers Compensation. If his employer is a non-subscriber, it will depend upon the policy. However, if the employer is a non-subscriber, he may have a negligence cause of action against his employer. If you have any additional question, you can reach me at info@themorrisfirm.net
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Contact & Map
702 S. Beckley
Dallas, TX 75203
USA
Telephone: (214) 357-1782
Fax: (214) 357-5868