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|Hurt at Work? Know your Rights!|
If you are an employee in Tennessee you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits if you are hurt at work while working. Tennessee allows for workers' compensation when employee are hurt on the job. The benefits may include having your medical bills paid, money benefits while off work, and future benefits if the injury is deemed permanent.
At Harris Law Office we offer attorney and support staff well trained in the area of workers compensation law. Our job is to not only ensure benefits but to maximize benefits, and when needed to try the case before a Judge. For a free consultation, call us today at 615.262.0055What type of injuries does Workers' Compensation Cover?
Basically, if your job is covered by workers' compensation, then any injury may be covered. The key issues are whether you were working within the course and scope of your employment at the time of injury. Simply meaning, we're you doing the job you were suppose to do, or perhaps doing a job for the furtherance of the company's business.
Once you've been hurt, you need to seek medical treatment. It Tennessee it is required that you give the employer notice of the injury within 30 days of the injury. Tennessee also has a First Report of Injury form that you and the employer should fill out to help document the time, place and nature of the injury. It is not uncommon for employees to be hurt at work, not think much of the injury and keep it to themselves. This can create headaches for both the employee and the employer down the road. That why we also suggest to call a lawyer who will discuss the claim with you as soon as possible.What benefits?
First things first. Having the right to seek medical treatment for your injury and having the employer be responsible for the bill. Usually the employer maintains workers' compensation insurance, some decide to insure themselves, and some try to get away without doing either.
Once you have treatment, then the issue becomes whether you are able to work in your current condition. The doctor may take you off work completely or give your work restrictions. During this time you might be able to receive benefits (money) for being off work. In Tennessee this is calculated at 66 2/3% of your average weekly wage.
Once the doctor says you have been released, or you have obtained maximum medical improvement, there is a need to determine if the injury and recovery created a permanent impairment. If so, you probably have some form of vocational disability. Tennessee law allows the injured employee to receive benefits (money) for this reduced ability to work.How do I get these Benefits?
Many times the benefits will start automatically. Does this mean you don't need an attorney. The answer is No. Again, more things go wrong the the beginning of a claim than any other time. When you are first hurt is the time to call, even if benefits are being offered and paid at the time.
In some cases, benefits are completely denied, or denied in part for some reasons. There are avenues to pursue benefits either through help from the Department of Labor, or with the Courts. Workers' Compensation cases heard before a Judge and not a jury. If benefits are not being provided, our office will seek all avenues to compel the benefits for you.What does it Cost.
We will give you one free consultation on the case, to see if it is something we can help you with. Tennessee law governs that attorney fee's in workers' compensation cases shall not be more that 20% of the recovery of benefits. If you simply want to discuss the value of a case, still feel free to call.
Our office handles injuries that normally result in surgery, however, some back injuries for example may result with injuries where surgery is not suggested. i.e. bulging disk or compression fractures. We handle cases with ankle, leg, knee, hip, back, neck, head, shoulder, arm, and wrist injuries.
Workers Compensation in Tennessee is controlled by statute, Tennessee Code Annotated. Although it is clear what the law is in Tennessee how it is applied by insurance adjusters and employers is questionable at times. Our job as your attorney is insure your gets all the benefits allowed to you. And if you are entitled to a settlement award, then it is our job to get the maximum benefits available to you, whether it is through agreed settlement, mediation, or trial.
Communication and Trust
It is important that you trust the attorney and are able to communicate freely with the office. There are law firms that advertise in the Nashville area, that you will never see in the Courthouse. Why. Because they live out of state and hire an associate to handle the work. Make sure you get what you are paying for.
No honest attorney care guarantee you a result. Each case bears it own risks. We reduce the risks by being proficient in Workers Compensation Law in Tennessee. A good firm is always ready to try the case, instead of just settle because it is the easy way out.
Let our office help you!
The Harris Family has offered legal services to the Nashville community over three generations. The office maintains a general practice with services in the area of workers' compensation, personal injury, family law, estate planning, collections, civil litigation, contract dispute, business formation, and issues pertaining to Tennessee's Handgun Carry Laws.
We offer offices in Downtown and in Inglewood for your convenience. We also offer a variety of fee structures from hourly rates, to flat fees, to contingency fees. Please feel free to contact to further discuss our services.
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