If a bill that the Texas House passed becomes law, a doctor who is hurt on the job and sues his hospital for workers’ compensation would no longer have to worry that the lawsuit might be treated like a health care liability claim, subject to damage caps and expert report requirements.

Lawmakers on May 13 voted 141-1 to pass House Bill 1403 by Rep. Kenneth Sheets, R-Dallas, which changes the definition of a health care liability claim under the state’s medical malpractice statute. The bill excludes certain labor claims by injured or deceased workers or their survivors against their employers, regardless of whether or not the employer carries workers’ compensation insurance.

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