Time Limit for Reporting a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Tennessee

B&R Time Limit for Notifying Employer Workers' Comp

Is There a Time Limit for Reporting a Work-Related Injury?

If you were injured at work, you should promptly notify your employer. In Tennessee, you need to report your work-related injury to your supervisor within 15 days of the accident (or the date when a doctor first tells you that your injury is work-related) so that the proper forms and paperwork can be completed. This revision to a previous law which gave employees 30 days went into effect on July 1, 2016.

What is a Compensable Injury?

In Tennessee, a compensable injury under workers’ compensation law is one that arises “primarily out of and in the course and scope of employment, that causes death, disablement, or the need for medical treatment of the employee” (T.C.A. § 50-6-102(14)).

What if I was Injured Over a Period of Time?

A compensable gradual injury is the result of continual exposure to the conditions of employment, and there is no requirement that your injury be traceable to a definite moment in time or triggering event in order to be compensable (Wyatt v. Mueller Co.).

How Do I Know if I’m Getting the Compensation I Deserve?

The workers’ compensation rules can seem overwhelming, which is why it is often a good idea to enlist the help of an experienced attorney to help make sure you get the compensation you are owed.

If you have been injured at work, put The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto to work for you today. Give us a call at 865-691-2777 or contact us through our website at WWW.BROWNANDROBERTO.COM to set up a free consultation.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Brown & Roberto Distracted Driving

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to the National Safety Council, at least 100 people are injured in distracted driving crashes in the U.S. each day. Smartphones, dashboard screens, and other in-vehicle technologies can cause drivers to glance away from the road and take their minds off driving. When a driver reads or sends a text, the average time their eyes are off the road is five seconds. While five seconds may not seem significant, would you be willing to drive down the highway blindfolded for that amount of time?

Smartphone-related distractions often lead to serious injuries in car accidents, but driving distractions aren’t limited to just the use of technology. Eating, drinking, grooming, reading, changing the radio station, or using a GPS device can also cause drivers to take their eyes and minds off the road.

It is important that we all commit to not drive distracted. The Lawyers of Brown and Roberto have seen an increase in injuries due to distracted drivers over the past few years and these accidents are, for the most part, preventable if we all focus on the road in front of us.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, put The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto to work for you today. Give us a call at 865-691-2777 or contact us through our website at www.brownandroberto.com to set up a free consultation.