(a) An insurance carrier shall continue to pay benefits promptly as and when the benefits accrue without a final decision, order, or other action of the commissioner, except as otherwise provided.
(b) Benefits shall be paid solely to the order of the employee or the employee's legal beneficiary.
(c) An insurance carrier commits an administrative violation if the insurance carrier fails to comply with this section.
(d) An insurance carrier that commits multiple violations of this section commits an additional administrative violation and is subject to:
(1) the sanctions provided under Section 415.023; and
(2) revocation of the right to do business under the workers' compensation laws of this state.
Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 269, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 265 (H.B. 7), § 3.147, eff. September 1, 2005.