There are many considerations in determining the value of a workman’s compensation claim. One of the most crucial factors is whether the “cap” applies. The is a limit in Tennessee on an award if the employer goes back to work for the same employer. Basically, if an employee returns to work for the same employer, making the same or greater hourly wage as before the injury, then their permanent disability is limited to no more than 1.5 times your medical impairment rating. This was placed as an incentive to have an employer return the employee to work.
It is important to note, however, that there are many situations where a workers compensation case can be reopened if the employee later losses his job. This is know as a right to reconsideration under the TN comp act. There are time limits to the right. The the right to file for reconsideration of the award must be done within 200 or 400 weeks of the return to work, depending on the type of injury. For instance a back injury there is a 400 week time limit but a leg injury is only 200 weeks.
If you have recently lost your job and had a prior workers compensation settlement you need to check your right to re-open your claim. Feel free to call my office to discuss.