If you’ve been injured at work, you’re basically entitled to three benefits. The first and most important benefit is you’re entitled to medical care relative to the injury, and that medical care continues for the rest of your natural life. The second benefit you’re entitled to is what’s called temporary total disability or temporary partial disability, which is basically workers’ compensation pay. While you’re off work, your employers are required to pay you two-thirds of your average weekly wage until a doctor says that you’ve reached what they call maximum medical improvement. That basically means, from a doctor’s perspective, you’re about as good as you’re going to get or you’re recovered as much as you’re going to recover from that injury. At that point in time you’re entitled to what is called permanent partial disability, or in some cases, permanent total disability based on what your doctor says your impairment rating is.
It’s important to have an attorney involved in this process that knows how to get you all three categories of benefits and to make sure that these amounts are given to you in the maximum amount allowed by Tennessee law. If you have this situation, please contact me, Chris Beavers, at Banks and Jones. You can contact me at 865-546-2141 or go to BanksAndJones.com. Our office is in Knoxville, and we serve clients throughout the state.