Governor Haslam and the Tennessee Legislature have vowed to overhaul the Tennessee Workers Compensation System. They claim that our system is too costly. So the solution to reduce the costs is to cut benefits to injured workers. This race to cut benefits will result in costs to the state and families that should concern us all.
Under the prior administration there has already been one large workers compensation reform. As a result of these reforms injured workers are now often left with only nominal compensation for their injuries. It is important to note that an injured worker will receive no money unless they have permanent injury. Also, the money is only given to help make up for the loss of income the employee will have because of the injury. It is not there to make an Tennessee injured employe rich, it is there to allow them to survive. So what happens when these benefits are cut even further. It will likely leave people unable to work to be forced to rely upon help from the government. So what is the real costs of this “reform”.
If you would like to discuss this potential Tennessee Work Comp reform or have a question regarding a current comp claim, feel free to call my office.