Reporting Work-Related Injuries: When Should I Do It?
Tennessee workers’ compensation claims present a multitude of issues for employers, employees and attorneys alike. There’s a lot of paperwork involved, and the specifics regarding injury-related medical treatment can be daunting. Having an experienced Tennessee workers compensation attorney can help make the claims process less confusing so that the injured party can concentrate on healing and getting back to full-time employment.
If you’re injured on the job you should report the incident to your employer or supervisor within 15 days of the date of the injury. Reporting your injury promptly speeds up the claims process while also preventing the need for unnecessary questions regarding the injury.
After the claims process begins you should have the option of selecting from three different doctors to diagnose and treat you. These selections will be available on the Employer/Employee Choice of Physician Form.
If it’s determined that you have a compensable injury, you’re eligible for temporary disability benefits in the form of two-thirds of your average weekly wages. These payments are to begin approximately 8 days post disability. Your medical treatment will be paid by your employer’s insurance carrier.
A common question we often get is whether an employee can be fired for reporting a work-related injury. Under Tennessee law, an injured employee cannot be terminated for such a claim. If you believe you were fired for reporting a work-related injury you should contact an attorney at The Chiozza Law Firm immediately.
To learn more about the basics of Tennessee Workers Compensation Law visit the TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development here. For additional information please contact a member of the Chiozza Law Firm and their Tennessee workers compensation attorneys at 901-526-9494 or filling out an online request here. We have been assisting injured employees throughout the Mid-South area for over 50 years. If we can’t assist you with any of your legal matters will we try to find an attorney who can.
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