Personal Injury Law
Located in Memphis, TN
When injured at work, the employee should report the injury in writing to the employer immediately, but no later than thirty (30) days after the injury. In Tennessee, a form known as the "First Report of Work Injury" should be completed.
OBTAIN MEDICAL TREATMENT
The employee should be given a choice of three (3) physicians not associated together in practice. The list or panel of these physicians should be in or near the employee's community of residence. You have the privilege of choosing one physician from the list of three.
The employee is then required to accept treatment from the chosen physician and should not see any other physician unless the chosen physician makes a referral.
PAYMENT WHILE OFF WORK
If a physician takes you off work for more than seven days, you may be entitled to temporary disability payments. According to current regulations, no injured employee receives payment for the initial seven (7) days of disability. Beginning with the eighth (8th) day, the injured employee becomes eligible for one day's benefits. On the ninth (9th) day, the employee becomes eligible for benefits counting two (2) days. This process continues until day fourteen (14).
Following the injured employee's time of no work after day fourteen (14), the seven-day waiting period should be picked up. From here, the injured employee should receive benefits for all fourteen (14) days.
In addition to our work with victims of truck, motorcycle, and car accidents in Memphis and throughout Tennessee, we also represent clients with claims related to:
- Slips and Falls
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Railroad Accidents
- Brain Injuries
We listen to the details of how your injury occurred, collect evidence to establish liability, and build a strong case should your lawsuit go to court.
HOW DAMAGES WORK IN WORKER’S COMP CASES?
A worker’s comp case and a personal injury case in Memphis are two different types of cases. In a worker’s compensation case, you are to receive compensation from your employer, but are not entitled to pain and suffering benefits. In a personal injury case, you are entitled to those benefits.
What you can recover in a Memphis workers’ comp case are weekly compensation, permanent impairment benefits, medical bills and rehabilitation. In a personal injury case, you can recover damages beyond that—pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and beyond.
In a personal injury case, you must prove negligence. In a workers’ compensation case, you do not need to prove negligence. Workers’ compensation is to be given to an employee no matter how the injury was caused on the job. However, there are times when an employer doesn’t responsibly take care of an employee and doesn’t provide necessary compensation benefits. You need a Memphis worker’s comp lawyer who can help you recover the compensation you need for lost wages, medical bills and impairment.
While we strive to reach satisfactory settlements before going to trial becomes necessary, we are aggressive advocates for your rights and can litigate your case if doing so ensures you receive a better outcome. Our law firm works to hold negligent parties responsible for their actions.
Filing a workers compensation claim against your employer is a stressful process—but it is one you do not have to go through alone. You deserve recompense for on-the-job injuries, and an attorney from our firm can help you follow all the steps necessary to receive damages. Tennessee workers compensation laws are complex, and our firm can help you navigate the claim process while maintaining a civil relationship with your place of employment.
Contact The Chiozza Law Firm at 901-526-9494 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney, today!
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