Houston, TX asked in Workers' Compensation for Texas

Q: in the state of Texas how is the waiting period for surgery approval ? Meanwhile how long do I have to go in pain?

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Roy Lee Warren
Roy Lee Warren
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • San Marcos, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: First, thanks for your question. The answer I must say, it depends. (I hate that answer but I will explain). If your case is being disputed, b/c the carrier is claiming surgery is not necessary b/c it's not related to a "compensable injury" it could be a while. Maybe 6 months, I know ouch!

I have spondylolesthisis that the MRI of my lumbar reveals it is moderate to severe so I really do feel your pain.

The good news is that if your injury has been determined to be compensable there is a process that can speed up the preauthorization for your surgery (w/i a couple to three weeks). Its called an Independent Review Organization (IRO) but you must go through the proper procedures. If your not familiar you can call DWC and ask for an ombudsman to be appointed.

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