Tag Archives: Tennessee Workers Compensation Claims
Can I Sue My Employer If I Am Exposed to Dangerous Chemicals at Work?
Many Tennessee workers are exposed to hazardous working conditions, such as toxic exposure to dangerous chemicals, and develop significant medical problems as a result. Such workers may be entitled to workers’ compensation or civil damages through a personal injury lawsuit. A key to collecting damages, however, is proving that an employee’s injuries were actually… Read More »
Can My Employer Deny Workers’ Compensation Benefits If I Take Sleeping Pills?
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 »
How Long Do I Have to File a Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Claim?
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 »
How Location Affects a Personal Injury Lawsuit
When it comes to a personal injury lawsuit, the location and circumstances of the injury often play a critical role in deciding what law applies to the case. Tennessee workers’ compensation law, for example, deals with injuries sustained by employees that occur in the scope and course of their employment. There are also special… Read More »
Can I Lose Workers’ Compensation Benefits If I Fail to Provide a Complete Medical History?
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 »
Do Not Let a Strong “Work Ethic” Deter You from Seeking Workers’ Compensation
Many workers are injured on the job and yet fail to file a workers’ compensation claim, often because they think the injury is not that severe, they are afraid of losing their job, or they simply have a strong work ethic. Unfortunately, many employers take advantage of these honest employees by denying valid workers’… Read More »
Will Tennessee “Privatize” Workers’ Compensation?
Having radically changed the state’s workers’ compensation rules two years ago, Tennessee legislators may go one step further and allow large employers to opt out of the system altogether. Under bills pending before both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly, a “qualified employer” could be “exempt from the Workers’ Compensation law” if it establishes… Read More »