The Tennessee Workers Compensation Law can be very unforgiving when employees make innocent mistakes. One of the most common mistakes we see is a failure to report your work injury. In Tennessee you must report your injury within thirty (30) days. Although, there are exceptions to this harsh rule the safest thing to do is report your injury immediately.
I think what often occurs is people feel they have just sustained a temporary injury and they don’t want to be seen as whiner. However, when the injury doesn’t go away and the worker tries to report the claim an employer will often deny covering the injury because it wasn’t timely reported. If this happens to you, please contact a work comp lawyer as soon as possible. Often the injury will be covered if the court believes the worker reported the injury once they realized it was a serious problem. However, to prevail you must make sure both the medical evidence and witness testimony supports the legal reasons for the delay.
If you have a Tennessee Workers Compensation Claim feel free to call our lawyers. We have a focused work comp legal division that can answer most questions.