Legal Steps After A Job Injury in Tennessee

 In Personal Injury Law, Workers' Compensation Law

If you have been recently injured at your job, it is important to act now. In order to qualify for workers’ compensation, there are different guidelines to meet. In order to ensure you receive the proper care, contacting an attorney will help. Your lawyer knows the correct steps to follow, and how to proceed in the matter. Here are the legal steps to take after a job injury, and how an attorney will help.

1. Report

The first step in the legal process is to inform your supervisor at work. Your work needs to know you were injured in order to proceed. The most important thing to know during the entire process is to keep a copy of everything for yourself. Some employers only need verbal notice, but try to write it if possible. Regardless of the type of report, submit your injury in writing with the date and keep a copy for yourself. The sooner you report the incident, the more likely you are to receive workers’ compensation and care. If something is not completed in the set time period, you can lose access to these benefits.

Your lawyer can help write this report and make sure you have everything included. Not only that, they know the time period when your injury needs to be reported.

2. Claim

Once the report is made, you need to file a claim. This needs to be done as soon as possible. Remember that time is not on your side. Once you report your accident with your work, your employer must offer a claim form immediately. Your employer should have these forms on hand, but if not, contact the Tennessee Government Agency. You can access the proper information here.

Filing a claim can often be confusing. Therefore, working with a lawyer is beneficial. Your lawyer has professional training in understanding these types of situations. They will know what type of forms need to be filled out, and how to do it. Not only that, but they will support you if your employer becomes difficult at this time.

During the Process

If you are at any point disappointed with your claim, or how the issue is resolved, contact your lawyer. No matter how close you are with your supervisor or boss, their job is to protect the company. It is nothing against you, but they must work in the interest of the company. This is why a lawyer is so important. An attorney provides the proper support you need during this process. They know how this works and how to ensure you get the help you need.

If you are filing a workers’ compensation claim in the state of Tennessee, Slaughter Law Firm can help. Our attorney, Frankie Slaughter Jr. has extensive knowledge in this legal area. He works closely with clients to make certain the desired results are met. Slaughter Law Firm will provide the support you need during this time. For more information check us out online here, or call us at (423) 844-0560 today!