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The University of Texas System WCI
210 West 6th Street, Suite B. 140E
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: 512.499.4663
Fax: 512.499.4671

Administrative Violation - a violation of the Texas Workers' Compensation Act or a rule adopted under the Act that is subject to penalties and sanctions as provided in the Act. Fines range from $500-$25, 000 per violation.

Benefit - includes medical, income, death or burial benefits an employee or beneficiary receives based on a compensable injury.

Compensable Injury - an injury that arises out of and in the course and scope of employment for which compensation is payable under The Texas Workers' Compensation Act.

Course and Scope of Employment - an activity of any kind or character that has to do with and originates in the work, business, trade or profession of the employer and that is performed by an employee while engaged in or about the furtherance of the affairs or business of the employer.

Disability - the inability to obtain and retain employment as a result of a compensable injury.

Health Care - Includes all reasonable and necessary medical aid, medical examinations, medical treatments, medical diagnoses, medical evaluations and medical services. This excludes vocational rehabilitation.

Income Benefits (IBS) - accrue from the eighth day of disability and are paid weekly. An employee's inability to work because of a compensable injury should be documented by his or her treating physician.

Injury - damage or harm to the physical structure of the body and those diseases or infections naturally resulting from the damage or harm. Also includes occupational diseases.

Occupational Disease - a disease arising out of an in the course of employment that causes damage or harm to the physical structure of the body. The term includes other diseases or infection that naturally result from the work-related disease. Occupational disease excludes any ordinary disease of life to which the general public is exposed outside of employment, unless that disease is an incident to a compensable injury. Excludes repetitive trauma injuries.

Repetitive Trauma Injury - damage or harm to the physical structure of the body occurring as the result of repetitious physically traumatic activities over time in the course and scope of employment.


Wages - includes every form of remuneration payable for a given period to an employee for personal services. This includes the market value of board, lodging, laundry, fuel and any other advantage estimated in money which the employee receives from the employer as part of the employee's remuneration.