Tennessee workers and workers throughout the country, expect that when they go to work each day they will be in a safe and healthy working environment. Unfortunately, accidents will and do sometimes happen on the job. When these accidents and injuries occur on the job, workers depend on workers compensation to help them pay their medical expenses and bills while they cannot work. However, sometimes companies find ways around these workers compensation claims and workers must suffer with their bills alone. If you or someone you know has been injured while on the job, then you should talk to a Tennessee workers’ compensation lawyer right away. They will work with you to make sure you get the compensation you deserve for your injury.
In this case, a truck driver’s delivery truck broke down while in route in September of 2005. While the driver was waiting for help and continued to work in the back of his truck as instructed by his employer, a large flatbed pulled out of the defendant’s property and ran right into the plaintiff’s vehicle. This accident caused the truck driver to tumble over the truck’s console and hit the windshield head first. The accident also irritated a pre-existing neurological condition for the truck driver, which was mostly showing no symptoms before the accident. The truck driver did not know about the brain defect but began experiencing severe headaches, facial numbness, ringing in the ears, difficulty when swallowing, gagging, blurred vision, confusion, speech problems, weakness, back pain, and pain in his arms and leg. He also suffered herniated discs and developed post-traumatic lumbar disc disease.
According to this case, the truck driver dismissed hospital treatment at first, but had an MRI when his chiropractor suggested it. Then the rare Chiari Malformation brain anomaly was finally found and due to his worsening condition, the truck driver had three surgeries to try and correct and stop his condition. The truck driver was denied workers’ compensation at first and when the case was reexamined with new counsel, he won a settlement following mediation.
Cases similar to this one occur too often to hard workers across the country including the workers right here in Tennessee. If you or someone you know has been injured at the workplace, then you should contact one of our experienced and compassionate Tennessee workers’ compensation attorneys immediately. We care about our clients and will work with you to make sure that you get the compensation you need. Contact us online or call us at 800.705.2121 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.