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Tag Archives: workers’ compensation benefits

When Is It Too Late to File for Workers’ Compensation?

By John Willis |

If you are injured on the job, it is important to promptly notify your employer and, if necessary, apply for workers’ compensation benefits. Under Tennessee law, a workers’ compensation claim is barred unless it is brought within one year of “the accident resulting in the injury.” However, there are cases where an employee does… Read More »

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Plant faces charges after worker burned to death

By John Willis |

Tennessee residents may have heard about a worker who was accidentally burned to death in a California food processing plant on Oct. 11, 2012. Authorities stated that the company, Bumble Bee Foods, and several of its employees are now facing multiple charges. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health stated that a 65-year-old… 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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The dangers of trench and excavation work

By John Willis |

Trench cave-ins are a serious concern for workers in Tennessee who are involved in excavation work or pipeline, sewer and power-line construction. A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that cave-ins during trenching or excavation work resulted in 350 deaths between 2000 and 2009. Another study found that 64… Read More »

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Work in manufacturing sector may lead to hearing loss

By John Willis |

Tennessee residents who number among the approximately 16 million people employed within the Manufacturing Sector of the U.S. workforce may be interested in learning more about the most common occupational illness recorded within this diverse group of industries: occupationally-induced hearing loss. According to the National Occupational Research Agenda, incidents of hearing loss must be… Read More »

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Benefits offered to help injured workers cope

By John Willis |

Tennessee offers a variety of benefits to employees who are injured in the course of doing their jobs. These benefits are designed to help workers and their families get through these difficult times, especially if the injured employee is unable to work. Perhaps the most important benefit offered to injured workers is medical care…. Read More »

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Veterinarian killed by elephant was not protected with barriers

By John Willis |

Tennessee residents may remember an accident in their own state that killed a caretaker at one of the largest elephant sanctuaries in the nation. A man recently killed in Maine under similar circumstances has led some to encourage the installation of protective barriers to protect workers from the large animals. The Occupational Safety and… Read More »

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What benefits am I entitled to after a workplace accident?

By John Willis |

Tennessee workers who are injured on the job are typically allowed workers’ compensation in most cases. Following an accident, employees could be entitled to a range of benefits depending upon the severity of the workplace injuries. However, this only applies to compensable injuries: ones that an authorized doctor has determined to be work related…. Read More »

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Which industries are covered by workers’ comp in Tennessee?

By John Willis |

With few industry exceptions, any employer operating in Tennessee with five or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Included in this number are any corporate officers and any of their employed family members, regardless of whether those corporate officers seek insurance coverage for themselves. In other words, if a corporate officer hires… Read More »

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