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Tag Archives: Knoxville Workers Compensation Attorney

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Can I Be Denied Workers’ Compensation Benefits Due to a Preexisting Condition?

By Brad Burnette |

In any personal injury case, it is essential to establish causation. In plain English, you need to prove your injury was the direct result of the defendant’s negligent act. If the defendant can prove that there was a preexisting condition or superseding cause of the plaintiff’s injury, it can escape liability regardless of its… Read More »

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Can My Employer Deny Workers’ Compensation Benefits If I Take Sleeping Pills?

By Brad Burnette |

In theory, workers’ compensation is supposed to provide “no-fault” benefits to employees injured on the job. But Tennessee law makes a special exception if the employee is found to have used drugs or alcohol prior to an accident. If an employer maintains a state-approved “drug free workplace” program, the employee may be denied workers’… Read More »

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When Is a Tennessee Worker Entitled to “Permanent Total Disability” Benefits?

By John Willis |

Tennessee’s workers’ compensation system provides different levels of benefits depending on the extent of an employee’s injuries. In addition to covering your medical expenses arising from an on-the-job injury, workers’ compensation also entitles you to partial replacement of any lost wages. And in severe cases where an injury renders you unable to return to… 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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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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