Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Cheatham County
Helping Injured Workers Fight for Compensation
If you were injured at work and are concerned about your finances, the good news is that most employees in Tennessee can qualify for workers’ compensation. These benefits can not only help you pay your medical bills for a work-related injury, but they can also provide financial support during the time you are temporarily or permanently disabled.
Attorney Rhonda R. Crabtree knows that not everyone wants to deal with the workers’ compensation claim process on their own. That’s why she offers experienced legal support that can help injured workers receive the benefits they need to make ends meet. If an accident at work injured you, chances are you’re a good candidate for workers’ compensation. Rhonda R. Crabtree is a workers’ compensation lawyer in Cheatham County who can help with your claim, so don’t hesitate to reach out to her today.
Get a free consultation when you call (615) 235-1564 for help.
Do I Qualify for Workers’ Compensation?
In Tennessee, most employers who employ at least five full-time employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. Construction companies must carry this insurance if they have at least one employee, and any employer in the coal mining industry must have workers’ compensation insurance.
If your employer is required to have this insurance, then you’ve probably cleared the first hurdle toward receiving workers’ comp benefits—but the circumstances of your accident also matter. For example, you must have been injured at your employer’s worksite while performing duties within the scope of your employment. Your injury must also be a new injury, not a preexisting one. That said, the aggravation of a preexisting condition can qualify for workers’ compensation.
Remember: Fault is not a factor in eligibility for workers’ compensation. That means you are eligible for benefits as long as you meet all other criteria, and you don’t have to prove your employer was at fault for causing the accident. Likewise, you can receive benefits even if you are responsible for your injuries, although exceptions may apply if intoxication, roughhousing, or fighting led were a factor.
What Kinds of Workers’ Comp Benefits Are Available?
There is a variety of workers’ comp benefits available, and the types of compensation an injured employee can receive depend on the unique circumstances of their injuries.
Here’s a breakdown of some benefits you may qualify for:
- Medical Benefits: This compensation covers the cost of the medical treatment you received and may need in the future. A physician must determine the treatment is necessary, and benefits can continue until the physician determines you’ve reached “maximum medical improvement.” This is the doctor’s opinion that your condition has stabilized and isn’t expected to improve.
- Temporary Disability Benefits: These benefits may apply when a doctor determines that an employee is unable to work. People who qualify for these benefits receive approximately 66.66% (“sixty-six and two-thirds percent”) of the average weekly wages they earned during the 52 weeks leading up to the injury. Benefits terminate when a doctor determines that an employee can return to work or the employee refuses a reasonable request for medical treatment.
- Permanent Disability Benefits: These benefits are for people who are permanently disabled due to a work injury. They typically receive benefits until they qualify for Social Security retirement benefits.
- Death Benefits: In cases where employees are killed in job-related accidents or because of illnesses their work caused, their dependents can collect a death benefit. This amount depends on the decedent’s earnings.
As a workers’ compensation attorney in Cheatham County, Rhonda R. Crabtree can provide the legal representation you need to obtain benefits you may be eligible to receive.
What Happens If My Workers’ Comp Claim Is Denied?
If your workers’ compensation claim is denied, the fight has just begun. You have the right to appeal any adverse decision on your claim as long as you do so within one year from the date of your accident.
Attorney Rhonda R. Crabtree is an aggressive advocate for her clients, so rest assured that she can fight to pursue all opportunities for success with your claim. Along the way, she can provide the legal advice you need to understand your situation and the options available to you.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
When you need a workers’ compensation lawyer in Cheatham County whom you can trust, look no further than Rhonda R. Crabtree. As an experienced legal advocate, she can provide you with the support you need to fight for workers’ compensation benefits.
No matter the size or scope of your claim, reach out to us for a free consultation.
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