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The Houston Appeals Court recently found that an insurance carrier was not able to recover subrogation funds from a wife who collected death benefits as the administrator of the deceased’s estate from a third party. After receiving workers’ compensation death benefits, the children of the deceased filed a wrongful death claim against a third party. As part of the settlement, the third party agreed to allocate a portion of the funds to the deceased’s estate. The wife was the administrator of that estate. The court reasoned the carrier was not entitled to subrogation funds because the wife did not individually recover funds from the third party settlement. Therefore, the collective-recovery standard did not apply. Fort Bend County v. Norsworthy, No. 14-17-00520-CV, 2019 WL 1291526 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.], March 21, 2019).