Workplace Injuries / Workers Compensation
Tennessee Workplace Injury Law
The Nashville workers' compensation attorneys at Matt Hardin Law have extensive experience in personal injury law. Our legal team has helped numerous victims of workplace accidents obtain the legal relief they deserve. We are dedicated to helping you recover compensation for a job-related injury.
Workplace Injury Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics records thousands of workplace injuries and illnesses each year. However, the statistics merely reflect the number of reported cases; many more go unseen. Employees generally continue with their duties, resulting in greater future harm to their health. Injuries occur in a variety of industries, including:
- Health care
- Fishing, hunting
- Law enforcement
- Disposal, sanitation
- Agriculture and forestry
- Construction and masonry
- Trucking, transportation
- Heavy equipment engineering
Tennessee workers suffer injuries in all types of employment, from private industry and specialty trades to state and local government. The highest rates of injury often occur in the manufacturing, food service, and transportation industries. Employees report accidents that occur on the job as well as car accidents commuting to and from work.
Workplace accidents happen every day, and our workers' compensation lawyers help clients in Nashville and elsewhere sort through the aftermath. Some accidents result in acute injuries while others take time to develop. Job-related risks are inevitable in any type of employment, regardless of environment. Workplace accidents leading to injury often include:
- Slip and falls
- Auto accidents
- Runaway trailers
- Exposure to toxins
- Electrocution, burns
- Equipment malfunction
- Scaffold, mining collapse
- Release of hazardous fumes
These accidents can lead to immediate injuries such as lacerations and broken bones, or to repetitive stress injuries like carpel tunnel. Repeated strain on the muscles and joints eventually takes a toll on the body and can exacerbate pre-existing conditions. Whether temporary or chronic, job injuries can mean missed work and, in some cases, may even be fatal.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Tennessee law requires employers to provide workers’ compensation for injuries sustained on the job. Workers’ compensation acts as an insurance policy protecting employers from liability for workplace accidents. Regardless of fault, our Nashville workers' compensation lawyers can help employees seek the benefits they are entitled to, which can include:
- Lost income
- Medical expenses
- Lost sense, cognition
- Loss of limb, body part
- Death or survivor benefits
- Future surgery and therapy
- Permanent scars, disfigurement
- Vocational training, rehabilitation
- Mileage and parking for medical care
Workers’ compensation is awarded based on the type and severity of injury. Common categories or recognized injuries include those that cause temporary, permanent, partial, or total disability. Employees are paid part of their average weekly wage until they can return to full or light duty.
Recovering Workers’ Compensation
Workers’ compensation laws are complex and it is often difficult for claimants seeking benefits to secure the award they are due. State and local agencies see millions of applications each day and often deny their backlogged cases. Many matters need to be heard by an administrative law judge before reluctant employers and insurance companies are forced to pay. Experienced legal representation is necessary to file a successful claim for injuries and to protect the workers’ rights against opposing counsel during the trial or appeal.
If you have suffered a workplace injury, contact the Tennessee accident lawyers at Matt Hardin Law. Our attorneys have significant experience handling both workers’ compensation and personal injury cases in Nashville and beyond. Whether you were denied coverage by your employer or benefits on your claim, we can help you succeed. Our caring attorneys have prevailed in claims and appeals for injured workers throughout Tennessee. Call (615) 200-1111 for a free consultation or contact us online.