Getting hurt at work is more common than you’d think. In the last few years, millions of employees nationwide have reported work-related injuries, with many of those actually missing time due to the severity of their injuries. Not enough of these injured workers were able to get the compensation they deserved, however, for a variety of reasons.
Mitch Grissim & Associates doesn’t want you missing out on any of the money you’re owed, and since we are located in Nashville, we know the specific legal boxes to check off so that you’re getting what you deserve if you’ve ever been hurt on the job in Tennessee.
Steps to Take if You’re Hurt on the Job in Tennessee
1. Report the Injury Immediately
If you’re hurt at work, you need to report the injury to your supervisor as soon as possible. The specific Tennessee form you want to fill out is called the “First Report of Work Injury.” This is your accident report, and you’ll want to get a copy of this report for your records. If you don’t have it, your personal injury claim is certain to get delayed or outright dismissed.
Also keep in mind that many injuries that occur on the last day of a workweek go unreported until the next business day. That little extra time could be enough to disqualify you from proper compensation.
2. Get Treated Right Away
You need to see a doctor immediately when you’ve been hurt. Your employer should give you a choice of three different individual doctors to see that should be close to your personal residence. You then get to choose which doctor you want, though the only way to see a different doctor is to be referred by the original. Just be careful to do some research on the doctors first. Not all of them may necessarily be looking out for your interests.
3. Be Honest
Especially when you start seeing your doctor, you’d better be honest 100 percent of the way. If you don’t provide accurate enough information, the doctors could rule that you’re lying, in which case you’ll get nothing, so always be as truthful and as detailed as you can be. Only then can you be sure of getting a fair compensation for your trials.
Will I Be Paid for Missed Time?
If, after following the steps above, a doctor advises that you stay away from work for a little while, you might be eligible for short-term benefits. This is at best only a temporary solution, however. For more serious injuries that have you out of work permanently, disability pay just isn’t going to cut it.
Hiring a Lawyer
Getting hurt on the job in Tennessee doesn’t have to be such a stressful experience. The injury can be traumatic enough without tacking on a messy legal procedure on top of that. You deserve to have someone fight for your case to keep you focused on making a healthy recovery.
The lawyers at Mitch Grissim & Associates in Nashville wholeheartedly believe that we can be the team to get your worker’s compensation claim resolved. Our Nashville-based attorneys know all the intricacies of Tennessee personal injury law, and by choosing us for representation, you’re guaranteeing yourself a fair shot—so please contact us today to get a free case review!