Downard & Associates handles workers' compensation cases and their attorneys have years of experience in representing injured workers. Our attorneys have successfully represented Tennesseans from all over the State of Tennessee in ensuring that they receive all the benefits they are entitled to under the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Act.
Workers' compensation provides insurance to cover medical care and compensation for employees who are injured in the course of employment, in exchange for mandatory relinquishment of the employee's right to sue his or her employer for negligence.
Tennessee Workers' Compensation laws are enacted by the Tennessee Legislature to provide employees, and in some cases their dependants, certain benefits when the employee is injured, killed, made ill or disabled as a result of work-related accidents or conditions that arise out of the employee's job duties.
The employer however, must be an employer that is subject to the Tennessee Workers' Compensation laws. Many businesses in Tennessee are subject to these statutes.
Some benefits provided to injured workers under workers' compensation are in the form of money payments made directly to the injured employee. Additionally, medical benefits are paid by the employer and/or their insurance carrier to an employee who has an injury as a result of an accident, injury or occupational disease on-the-job.
In many respects, these same laws also protect employers by setting limits on the amount of benefits and types of recovery available to the injured employee. The good part for the employee though, is that injured employees do not have to prove that their employer caused their injury because of the employer's negligence. Accordingly, the question of whose fault the injury was is generally not an issue in a workers' compensation case.
Despite statutes that are designed to protect injured employees during such hardship and financial vulnerability, many claims are denied each year by employers and their insurance carriers for illegitimate reasons. Additionally, even in instances where claims are accepted by the employer and their carrier, the injured employee gets short-changed and does not receive all they are entitled to under the law.
You should consider seeing an attorney if you have concerns that your claim is being wrongfully denied or that you may not get the benefits that you deserve or are entitled to under the law. Insurance adjusters and those handling workers' compensation claims for employers are experienced and have a level of expertise in working these type claims that most employees do not possess. Also, the insurance companies have a vested, financial interests in minimizing costs associated with an employee's injury claim, and cannot not be relied upon to always look out for the best interest of the employee.
Hiring a lawyer is essential in any of the following situations:
We at The Law Office of Jim Tiller & Associates, offer a free initial consultation to help you decide whether or not you could benefit from having legal representation. We also will help ensure that you get all you are entitled to under the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Act and guide you through each step of the process in such a way that you not only get what you deserve but that you also do not make any choices that might harm your claim.
The employee receives money (usually on a weekly or biweekly basis) and medical benefits in exchange for waiving the right to sue the employer under the common law.
Here are some of the things the injured employee is entitled to under Workers' Compensation Law:
A. Disability Benefits
B. Medical Benefits
C. Permanent Disability and Final Settlement
There is a statute of limitations in a workers' compensation claim which time bars an injured employee from pursuing their rights under workers' compensation in a court of law.
Generally, the right to workers' compensation benefits is barred unless within one year after the injury occurred or the injured worker was informed his condition is permanent and related to his employment, workers' compensation benefits are paid or a claim for workers' compensation is filed with a court of competent jurisdiction.
Let Downard & Associates help you handle your workers' compensation case, their attorneys have years of experience in representing injured workers.
We only get paid if we are successful in recovering monetary damages in your case. If we don't win your case, you don't owe us anything. Call today and speak to an Experienced Attorney, not a paralegal or receptionist.
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