The Tennessee Workers Compensation system is a “no fault system”. In other words, sometimes accidents simply happen and if you are injured during the course and scope of your employment you should receive work comp benefits. These benefits are there to help employees get back to work and to provide income while they heal.
Unfortunately, one trend we are seeing more and more involves employers denying claims because of “misconduct” or “safety violations”. These two defenses do have a place in the Tenn work comp system but they are generally reserved for flagrant violations such as an injury occuring because of intoxication or an employee intentiollay violating a crucial safety rule. It seems that employers, however, are now trying to blur the line between a simple accident and an intentional wrongful act.
If your comp claim is being wrongfully denied or if your employer is attempting to intimidate you after a workers compensation injury please contact an experienced workman’s compensation attorney. Our office is experienced in pursuing these claims and can often give quick answers to your questions. Simply knowing your rights can make a big difference in these cases.