Clinton Workers' Compensation Lawyers
Aggressive Legal Protection for Injured Workers
After a job-related injury you are entitled to free medical care and lost wages while you are recovering, plus additional benefits for any lasting disability. However, the workers' compensation laws and claims process are not geared toward the employee. Without legal representation, you could be deprived of your rights and full benefits.
The Clinton workers' compensation lawyers of The Cantrell Law Firm stand up for employees who have suffered accidents or injuries on the job. Talk to one of our lawyers as soon as possible, ideally before you submit your workers' compensation claim.
Injured on the job? Call for a free consultation. The Cantrell Law Firm provides personalized attention and proven advocacy.
Experienced Attorneys Handling Workers' Comp Cases
The Tennessee workers' compensation laws have been gutted, making it more important than ever to safeguard your rights after a work-related injury. Our Clinton work injury attorneys are knowledgeable about the short statute of limitations, the limitations on permanent partial impairment benefits and the very strict rules for filing claims and filing lawsuits when necessary. When we are involved at the beginning, we can help you maximize your benefits and preserve your rights.
Our lawyers have handled a wide range of workers' compensation claims, including:
- Back injuries and neck injuries
- Injuries requiring surgery
- Falling injuries
- Burns or explosions
- Vehicle accidents on duty
- Machinery or equipment injuries
- Occupational disease (toxic exposure, repetitive stress)
|Our Clinton workers' compensation lawyers also explore third-party lawsuits in conjunction with workers' compensation claims. For example, a motorist, property owner, construction subcontractor, equipment manufacturer or other party outside the chain of employment may be liable for negligence that contributed to a work-related accident. You might be entitled to damages such as pain and suffering that are not provided under workers' comp.|
Neck and Back Injuries
If you suffered a neck or back injury at work or in an accident, it's important to be patient and follow your doctor's treatment plan for your recovery. If you decide to stop treatment and tough it out, you could end up with chronic pain. In addition, the insurance company that is responsible for paying for your damages may decide that you are no longer injured and deny your claim.
Doctors often treat neck and back pain conservatively. Your doctor may begin by prescribing you muscle relaxers. If your pain continues, he or she may recommend physical therapy. Surgery is a last resort only if other forms of treatment are not successful.
Too often, people become discouraged when their pain does not go away. They may stop their treatment early or go to pain management clinics. Unfortunately, many pain management clinics are little more than pill dispensaries. You could end up becoming addicted to powerful painkillers such as OxyContin or oxycodone, which could lead to more serious problems than neck or back pain. This is yet another reason to be patient and follow your doctor's recommendations to the completion of your treatment.
Construction Accident Injuries
If you or a loved one has been harmed in an accident on a construction site, you are often entitled to benefits from workers' compensation regardless of who was at fault for your injury. However, workers' compensation pays you nothing for damages such as pain and suffering. In certain circumstances, you can also be entitled to additional compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
You cannot file personal injury lawsuits against your employer (or anyone who works for your employer) for a work injury except in extreme cases of gross negligence. You may file suits against a third party or parties who have injured you. Anyone who does not work for your employer is considered a third party. Examples include:
- Other drivers in motor vehicle accidents
- Other contractors who were working on the same construction site
- The owner of the premises
- Operators of heavy equipment such as cranes and excavators
- Manufacturers of dangerous or defective equipment
A serious construction accident can result in permanent damage to your body and even put an end to your career. To protect your rights and best interests, contact an experienced personal injury and workers' compensation lawyer in Clinton as soon after the accident.
We represent injured workers in Clinton, Powell, Oak Ridge, Knoxville, and throughout East Tennessee.