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Workers’ Compensation

As workers’ compensation attorneys, we handle all claims resulting from workplace injuries, including lost wages or earnings, disability, and past and future medical claims.

What should you do if you’ve been injured at work?

You should report a work-related injury to your supervisor within thirty (30) days of the date of the injury or within thirty (30) days of when a doctor first tells you that your injury is work-related so that the proper forms and paperwork can be completed. All required forms should be completed by the employee’s supervisor. Required forms are located on the Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s website:

If the injury requires emergency treatment, the injured worker should be taken to the closest hospital emergency room.

Know your benefits:

Employees who have suffered a compensable injury—meaning that the authorized treating physician has determined it to be work-related—may be entitled to receive the medical and wage replacement benefits as prescribed by the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Act. These benefits are provided by employers through their insurance providers.

There are two main types of benefits:

– Medical care for work-related injuries and illnesses; and

– Partial wage replacement for employees who:

– Are unable to work; or

– Continue to work but earn less pay while recovering from their injuries

Employees who have suffered a compensable workplace injury are entitled to receive medical treatment, at no cost to the employee, for as long as the authorized treating physician relates it to the work-related injury. Medical benefits must be ordered by the authorized treating physician and may include:

– Medical/surgical treatment and supplies;

– Medicine;

– Crutches;

– Nursing or psychological services;

– Prescription eyeglass/eyewear;

– Hospitalization;

– Dental work.

Employees who have suffered a compensable workplace injury and are then unable to work due to the injury may be entitled to receive:

– Temporary Disability Benefits: replace lost wages – begin only if the authorized treating physician takes you off work;

– Permanent Disability Benefits: if an injury leaves you with a permanent impairment;

– Death Benefits: if a compensable workplace injury results in the death of an employee, these benefits may be available to the surviving dependents.

Receiving your benefits:

Temporary disability payments for a compensable work-related injury or illness must be paid by the insurance company and received by the injury employee no later than fifteen (15) days after notice of injury. The right to receive workers’ compensation benefits does not stay open forever. In most cases, the deadline to file the request is one (1) year from the date the injury occurred; or, the date the last temporary disability benefits were paid or medical benefits were provided for the injury, whichever is latest.

If you believe you haven’t received benefits you’re entitled to for a compensable work-related injury, contact one of Cooper Law Firm’s experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at (901) 310-9060.

  • Right to Refuse Search

    Police offers cannot search for you, your house and even your car if you did not give them permission of doing so, and once they does not have any warrant to do such. You can definitely refuse them in searching for you until you found lawyer that will defend you. This is within you right.

  • Right to Remain Silent

    Once police get you arrested, you were not obligated of talking to them. You will have the right to refuse to talk since it could be utilizes against you once facing the trial. You can wait for you lawyer to help you towards the situation.

  • Repeat Offenders

    If you’ve been convicted of a criminal act in the past, this can be used against you, especially when the previous conviction is related to your current case. This can be seen by the court a sign that you are unwilling to change and you will be marked as a risk to society.

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