On April 29th, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed “The Worker’s Compensation Reform Act of 2013.” This new bill was proposed, because Haslam believed the old bill was inefficient and outdated. Before the new bill was passed, the process to determine benefits was so burdensome and time-consuming that it was preventing people seeking benefits from returning to work in a timely manner.
Under the old bill, applying for workers’ compensation was a lengthy process that involved filling out paperwork, paperwork and then more paperwork. After all the paperwork had been completed and submitted, the application went through the review process, at the end of which a decision was made as to whether or not the insurance company should pay the worker. The worker could then appeal the decision, which would take the case to the state’s civil courts. The new bill by contrast will streamline this process by providing more certainty for businesses as to what is required of them and making the application and dispute resolution processes shorter and more efficient. These changes to the workers’ compensation process should enable workers, who are already dealing with the burden of not being able to work after they are injured, to receive compensation quicker than before and return to work sooner than ever.
Accidents at work can take many forms, from spinal injuries to truck accidents, and we are here to help you through all of them. If you or a loved one has been injured at work, our Nashville injury attorney will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve when you need it most. Call us today at (615) 866-3938 for a free consultation.
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9