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Tennessee Court Rules Undocumented Immigrants Entitled to Full Workers’ Compensation Benefits

By Brad Burnette |

Workers’ compensation is supposed to protect employees who are injured on the job. If an employee who suffers a permanent partial disability fails to make a “meaningful return to work,” Tennessee workers’ compensation allows him or her to receive a higher award of benefits than if they are able to work again. The point… Read More »

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How Long Do I Have to File a Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Claim?

By John Willis |

Tennessee workers’ compensation law allows employees to seek a “benefits review conference” (BRC) if their employer denies benefits for any reason. The burden is on the employee to seek a BRC by filing a “request for assistance” with the Tennessee Department of Labor. This is similar to a filing a complaint in order to… Read More »

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Can My Employer Reassign Me to a Lower-Paying Job to Avoid Workers’ Compensation?

By Brad Burnette |

The Tennessee workers’ compensation system is designed to protect employees who are unable to return to work following an on-the-job injury. One way the law protects employees is by awarding higher benefits in cases where the injured employee does not have a “meaningful return to work” following an accident. A “meaningful” return means, among… Read More »

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Can I Lose Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Not Following Safety Rules?

By Brad Burnette |

If you are injured in the course of your employment, you have the right to seek workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical care and lost wages. But there are certain restrictions that apply to employees under Tennessee’s workers’ compensation system. For instance, an employer does not have to pay workers’ compensation if an… Read More »

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What Happens When Tennessee Employers Ignore Safety Rules?

By John Willis |

Workplace safety is a serious matter. Yet too many Tennessee employers treat federal and state safety regulations as optional. As a result, thousands of completely preventable accidents occur every year, leading to worker injuries. ‘Lax Approach to Supervision” Led to Tennessee Bridge Accident For example, a federal appeals court recently upheld a U.S. Department… Read More »

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Can I Lose Workers’ Compensation Benefits If I Fail to Provide a Complete Medical History?

By Brad Burnette |

Workers’ compensation is designed to protect employees who are injured on the job. But employers—and their insurance companies—often look for any angle they can to avoid paying what are supposed to be no-fault benefits. And while there are legitimate exceptions under Tennessee workers’ compensation law, as an injured employee you should not back down… Read More »

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Workers’ Compensation Under Attack from Big Business

By John Willis |

The idea behind workers’ compensation is simple: When an employee is injured, or even killed, in a workplace accident, the employer agrees to pay a fixed amount of benefits. Workers’ compensation is thus supposed to provide a safety net for workers so they can receive compensation without having to fight their employer in court…. Read More »

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Fatal scaffolding accident shows problems

By John Willis |

People in Tennessee may be interested to learn about a fatal scaffolding collapse that occurred in Raleigh, N.C. The accident caused several workers to plummet to the ground. In total, three workers died, and one was seriously injured. All four men were Hispanic. As the construction industry has rebounded, an increasing number of companies… Read More »

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Poultry worker injured by 500-pound cart

By John Willis |

A worker in Tennessee was injured on the job on Feb. 11. The accident happened at a Lawrenceburg chicken house that is owned by Aviagen, a poultry breeding business. According to reports, the man who was injured was a contract worker from Lyons and not an employee of Aviagen. He was considered a trainee… Read More »

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Employee rights following workplace injury

By John Willis |

Employers are responsible for ensuring a safe work environment for employees. Nevertheless, workplace injuries are inevitable in every industry, whether the company is located here in Tennessee or elsewhere in the country. These workplace injuries are detrimental to employees, and they can contribute to decreased productivity for the employer. There are many steps that… Read More »

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