Tennessee has a very conservative work comp system. A few years ago the legislature cut these benefits to so that Tennessee workers would receive less for permanent injuries. This was frustrating for employees as the system already only provided modest compensation for injuries. Well the Tennessee legislature is again in the process of reducing the already limited benefits available to workers.
Specifically, the legislature wants to remove repetitive injuries from the Tennessee work comp law. In other words, if you have worked on an assembly line for years using a pneumatic tool all day long and you develop an injury to your wrist or shoulder you would not be covered under the new law. According to the proposed legislation it would just be your problem.
Currently, the benefits for repetitive injuries are to provide you medical treatment and a small check so you can get back to work. If your injury is permanent you may get a small award. Under the new law the worker would get nothing and simply discarded. I am truly at a lost as to how these legislature is completely ignoring their constituents and pandering to big business and insurance companies. If you agree, please call or email your representative today!
If you have questions about the Tennessee Workers Comp Act please feel free to contact my office.