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U.S. Fidelity & Guaranty Co. v. Nelson
January 13, 1921
228 S.W. 616
1st COA – Houston
Published Opinion

U.S. Fidelity & Guaranty Co. v. Nelson

Court of Civil Appeals of Texas, Galveston.




No. 7980.


Jan. 13, 1921.

Attorneys & Firms

*616 Hunt & Teagle, of Houston, for appellant.

O. S. York, of Galveston, for appellee.



In this cause appellee, Nelson, was given a verdict and judgment against appellant, United States Fidelity & Guaranty Company, for $450 as compensation, under the Texas Employers’ Liability Act (Vernon’s Sayles’ Ann. Civ. St. 1914, arts. 5246h-5246zzzz) for injuries alleged to have been accidentally suffered by him while employed by the Sea Board Transportation Company at Galveston.

An examination of the record upon appeal discloses at least two fatal omissions: First, there was no allegation in his petition that Nelson was either partially or totally incapacitated for a period of at least one week, or for any specified length of time; second, there was no proof that appellant, United States Fidelity & Guaranty Company, had insured the payment of any compensation to him as such employé. Section 6, part 1, of the Compensation Act specifically provides that no compensation shall be paid for an injury that does not incapacitate the employé for a period of at least one week. 8; Acts 1917, ch. 103, pt. 1, § 6.

By section 3, part 1 (Vernon’s Sayles’ Ann. Civ. St. 1914, art. 5246i), and section 2, part 4 (article 5246yyyy) of the act, the employés of subscribers have no right of action for damages against their employers, but are remitted for a recovery of the compensation provided for solely to the association created by the law, or the insurance company carrying the risk involved; it necessarily follows that no recovery could be had against a company not shown by the evidence to have sustained any such relation, as was the situation with reference to appellant here.

The judgment is reversed, and the cause remanded.

Reversed and remanded.

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