Continental Casualty Co. v. Downs
In Continental Casualty Co. v. Downs, 81 S.W.3d 803, 804, 45 Tex. Sup. Ct. J. 755 (Tex. 2002) the supreme court interpreted the provisions of the Texas Workers' Compensation Act governing when a workers' compensation carrier must notify a claimant that the carrier is refusing to pay benefits.
The Downs court held "a carrier that fails to begin benefit payments as required by the Texas Workers' Compensation Act or send a notice of refusal to pay within seven days after it receives written notice of injury has not met the statutory requisite to later contest compensability." Id.