Has a workplace accident in Tennessee left you with permanent injuries? Don’t navigate the complexities of workers’ compensation alone. Take the first step toward securing your rights and your future by reaching out to our experienced Tennessee Workers’ Comp attorneys today.
Our experienced team is ready to provide you with the guidance, advocacy, and support you need to ensure you receive the full benefits you deserve. Your well-being is our priority – don’t wait, take action now!
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Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that provides benefits to employees hurt while performing their job duties or otherwise acting in their employer’s interest. Tennessee requires employers in most industries to carry workers’ comp insurance if they have five or more full-time or part-time employees. However, construction and mining industry employers must have this insurance coverage even if they only employ one person.
The workers’ compensation system is designed to benefit both employees and their employers. It provides medical treatment, wage replacement payments, and other benefits to eligible injured workers to help them recover and return to their jobs as quickly as possible. Additionally, as an employee’s exclusive remedy for work injuries, workers’ comp protects employers from being sued directly. Though workers’ compensation benefits are available for most types of employees, independent contractors (including gig workers), agricultural workers, seasonal workers, and domestic staff—such as housekeepers, babysitters, and nannies—don’t qualify.
Tennessee’s workers compensation program underwent a major overhaul in 2014, and changes have continued to be implemented almost every year since then. That is why it is so important to work with an experienced workers’ comp lawyer when you are injured on the job and unable to work. Workers compensation benefits cost employers, and they and their insurance company will go to great lengths to try to reduce these costs, including failing to inform you of your rights and denying valid claims. With a worker’s comp attorney on your side, however, you can be certain that you will meet deadlines, follow required procedures, and optimize your chance at getting the benefits you need and deserve. You have worked hard your entire life and have performed your job to the best of your ability. You deserve fair access to the benefits to which you are entitled when something goes wrong. The worker’s comp attorneys at Weir & Kestner Injury Lawyers are here for you.
Workers compensation law in Tennessee dictates a very specific course of action when you are injured at work. It is often what you do in the first few days after a workplace injury that determines whether or not your application for benefits will be approved. If you have an accident at work—even if you don’t think your injury is very serious—we advise you to take the following steps:
Here’s what you should know about these complex claims, including what our team can do to help you win your case and lose your stress.
If you are conscious and able to do so, it is important that you report your injury in writing to your employer right away. Any delay could negatively impact your case, including losing your rights to pursue a claim. Your supervisor is required by law to submit a First Report of Injury Form to your employer’s workers compensation insurer. The sooner this process is started, the sooner you could have access to benefits.
If you are seriously injured and need immediate medical attention, you should call an ambulance or go to the closest emergency room. Otherwise, you must select an Authorized Treating Physician from a list of at least three doctors provided by your employer. You will fill out and sign a form naming your selection and that doctor will then provide the medical care needed to recover from your injury.
As soon as you have stabilized your injury and reported it to your employer, you should contact Weir & Kestner Injury Lawyers to discuss your options. No matter how simple your employer makes the process seem, it is anything but, and without legal representation, you may miss out on important deadlines and lose opportunities for the best possible treatment.
It costs you nothing to call us and ask how we may be able to help you. Don’t try to go it alone when you are suffering from a work-related injury. Our experienced legal team can help maximize your chances of being approved so you can get the benefits you need.
When you are injured on the job in Tennessee and you are approved for workers’ compensation benefits, you may be entitled to receive the following:
Doctor visits, testing, and treatments approved by the authorized treating physician will be provided at no cost to you.
If the worker’s compensation insurance company denies coverage for a doctor-approved expense, you will need the help of a qualified worker’s comp attorney to submit your request to the Tennessee Bureau of Workers Compensation Utilization Review Program for additional review and consideration.
If travel to approved treatment exceeds 15 miles in one direction, you may be reimbursed for your travel expenses.
Depending on how long you must be off work to recover from your injuries, you may be eligible for wage replacement benefits. Our lawyers can help you determine what you qualify for.
Don’t miss out on the benefits you need and deserve. Contact our office with any questions or concerns you may have.
There’s no need to suffer alone due to someone else’s negligence. The experienced legal team at Weir & Kestner Injury Attorneys focus on providing the best possible representation to victims of workplace accidents. Contact us online or call our office at 615-220-4180 to schedule your free consultation. Not ready to talk, but want to learn more about our legal rights and options? Request a complimentary download of our guide, The Truth About Big Law Firms and Their Shady Promises To Injured Victims.