Pigeon Forge Energy & Atomic Worker Accident Lawyer
Tennessee Valley Authority is the country’s largest government-owned power provider. According to their website, within Tennessee they operate 19 hydroelectric dams, two nuclear power plants, six coal-fired power plants, seven combustion turbine sites, and a pumped-storage plant. They employ over 7,000 individuals and many of them are exposed to hazardous conditions over the lifetime of their employment. If you have been employed or been a contractor in one of the Department of Energy plants and have been injured or ill as a result of your job, you deserve to be compensated. At the law offices of Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC in Pigeon Forge, we understand how overwhelming health conditions can be. While you focus on the medical aspect, we will handle the legal claim so that you can receive the financial help to pay for your medical bills, make up for lost wages, and support your dependents.
Health Risks for Energy and Atomic Workers
As with any job, there is potential for injury as an energy or atomic worker. However, there are more specific health concerns that arise from working in the energy field including:
- Chronic beryllium disease;
- Cancers caused by exposure to toxins such as arsenic, asbestos, and lead;
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD);
- Blood disorders;
- Hearing loss; and
- Other long-term conditions.
If you believe your health conditions were brought on by your time working as an employee at an energy facility, you should seek medical care and contact a knowledgeable Pigeon Forge lawyer. The are numerous conditions that can be caused by exposure to hazardous particles. A study found on PubMed.gov workers who are exposed to ionized radiation at nuclear power plant are also likely to have elevated TSH levels, which is a sign that the thyroid has been impacted.
Your Employer’s Responsibility is to Provide a Safe Work Environment and No-Fault Workers’ Compensation Benefits When You get Injured
No employee should be unknowingly placed in a hazardous environment. It is the company’s responsibility to provide workers with proper safety training, personal protective gear, warning signs, and ultimately a safe workplace. We may pursue additional damages if it is found that your employer violated safety standards or that they placed you in unnecessary risk through egregious negligence. However, whether the incident was your employer’s fault, your own mistake, or a simple accident, you are entitled to no-fault workers’ compensation benefits that will pay for your medical expenses, ongoing treatment, and wage replacement. Wage replacement will cover up to two-thirds of your average weekly earnings, and will come in the form of temporary or permanent partial disability or total disability.
We can Assist Energy and Atomic Workers When an Accident Happens
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or illness while working at a Tennessee Valley Authority location, contact the Pigeon Forge law offices of Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC. We can begin working on your claim immediately so that you receive financial compensation as soon as possible. Contact us for a free initial consultation today.