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Injured Worker Not Compelled to Arbitrate without Proof of Consent

By Jim Sams (Senior Editor)

Monday, May 13, 2013 | 0

An employer that opted out of Texas' voluntary workers' compensation system and purchased an alternative injury benefit plan cannot compel an injured worker to participate in binding arbitration over her claim because it did not produce a signed copy of the arbitration agreement, a split panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Austin ruled.Case: Murdock v. Trisun Healthcare Inc., No. 03-10-00711-CV, 05/09/2013.Facts: PM Leasing hired Rita Murdock to work as a nursing assistant at Park Place Care Center in Georgetown, Texas, on April 21, 2003. She signed a binding arbitration agre...

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