Category Archives: Tennessee Workers’ Compensation

Tennessee workers’ compensation is available to most injured workers in the state, regardless of fault.

What’s Going on With Workers’ Comp?

Is the workers’ compensation system being changed for the worse? According to some, changes in workers’ compensation laws across the country are exposing workers to greater potential for injury and long-term disability. Four Ways States Are Limiting Workers’ Comp Benefits Placing caps on the length of time that workers can receive workers’ comp benefits. New York became an example of this in 2007 when they capped permanent disability benefits (which are no longer permanent). Restricting the types of injuries that workers’ comp covers, specifically excluding repetitive trauma injuries such as carpal tunnel or tennis elbow. Limiting the employee’s choice of doctor. For example, in Pennsylvania, if an employer has a list of designated physicians, employees must seek treatment from those physicians for the first 90 days after injury, otherwise they will not receive workers’ comp benefits. Legislation is in the works to extend this to six months. Classifying workers as independent…
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Eight Major Causes of Workplace Accidents in Tennessee

Tennessee is experiencing a frightening spike in fatal workplace accidents. Since January, there have been more than 22 workplace deaths, 10 of which occurred in August alone. That said, there are eight major causes of workplace accidents in Tennessee identified by the National Forklift Exchange, including: Lifting—Lifting objects that are too heavy could lead to strains, sprains and tears in the muscle. It is important for employers to ensure workers know to ask for help with excessively heavy objects. Fatigue—Failing to take needed a break during work can lead to a loss of focus and consequently, workplace accidents, especially when physical labor is involved. Fatigue from lack of sleep can also cause a variety of health issues, such as heart conditions and obesity. Dehydration—Failure to hydrate is a serious health risk and is surprisingly easy to do, especially in hot environments. Employers must provide water and make sure workers have…
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Tennessee Mechanic Dies in Freak Accident at Work

An explosion occurred at a trucking company in Knox County earlier this month. According to an Arson Investigation Unit, the explosion destroyed a work truck and a semi-truck. While the local fire department was able to get the fire under control, a 43-year-old worker suffered severe burn injuries and later died at a hospital. Are Workplace Accidents Increasing in Tennessee? According to the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA), workplace accidents are on the rise this year. Since January, 22 workers have died in fatal workplace accidents, almost half of which were due to construction accidents. Just in July, 10 workers lost their lives in construction accidents. TOSHA’s director is urging companies to put a stop to this rising trend immediately, saying if this trend continues, there will be a 36 percent increase in fatal workplace accidents compared to 2016. What Can Tennessee Employers Do to Protect Workers from…
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