The Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) has filed an amicus brief with the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of Timothy Ruttiger.
Doyle LLP represents Mr. Ruttiger in a bad faith workers’ compensation claim against Texas Mutual Insurance Company. Mr. Ruttiger was injured in July 2004 while he was working as an electrician’s helper. Texas Mutual wrongfully continued to deny medical care and income benefits, leading to financial hardship and continuing medical problems.
Doyle originally filed suit against Texas Mutual in 2005 in Texas’s 122nd Judicial District in Galveston County, obtaining a favorable jury verdict in the case. Since then, Texas Mutual has continued to delay benefits and care to Mr. Ruttiger by seeking appeal.
TTLA was compelled to file the brief because of their numerous concerns with the fairness of the Texas workers’ compensation system and a lack of accountability that allows workers’ compensation insurers to take advantage of injured employees. The Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case in April 2010. The parties are currently awaiting the court’s decision.