Most Tennessee residents don’t worry about getting injured in the course of their daily tasks at work. However, our readers probably know that the reality is that many workers do, in fact, suffer injuries throughout the state each year. Workers in the construction industry are hard hit, as are others in “manual labor” types of jobs. But, they aren’t alone. Many other workers can suffer repetitive stress injuries or might be exposed to toxins that make them ill.
When you are injured or become ill due to work-related duties, it is important to know what to do next. First and foremost, obviously, an injured or ill worker should seek medical attention and alert their employer. But, from there, some people may not realize that they have the option to apply for workers’ compensation benefits if they will miss time from work.
The workers’ compensation system is in place statewide to protect injured workers. Why? Well, it doesn’t make sense for an injured worker to be required to cover medical expenses and suffer through lost wages due to missing work if the injury occurred on the job, does it? At least, that is part of the logic of the workers’ compensation system. It is also in place to attempt to ensure that there is less litigation between injured workers and their employers, by trying to bypass the issue of “fault.”
If you were injured on the job in Tennessee, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. In fact, you probably are, as most workers are covered by this program. To learn more about your legal options and how our law firm can help with your case, please visit the workers’ compensation overview section of our website.