There seems to be a common perception that Tennessee Workmen’s Compensation cases involve only factory workers or truck drivers. Although, that is a significant portion of the cases due to the inherent dangerous nature of those jobs, there are many other types of work comp cases out there. One recent example involves the workers compensation claim of Tennessee Titan, Kevin Mawae.
Kevin Mawae was a center for the titans. He had outstanding seasons in 2008 and 2009. Unfortunately, these seasons also took a toll on his body. Specifically, he sustained permanent injuries to his shoulders, elbows, wrists, right thumb and lower back. However, Mr. Mawae is considered an employee of the Tennessee Titans and like almost all employees he is automatically covered by the Tennessee Workers Compensation Act. As a result, he settled his case for $114,000.00 and life time medical treatment.
The amount of this settlement says a few things about our system. To begin, I believe it is clear that the amount of money he received in no way begins to make up for the financial losses he will sustain as result of his injuries. Nor will this amount make up for the life of pain that this man is destined to endure. The reason for this is a result of the strict limitation our legislatures have placed on the amount of recover someone can obtain for a Tennessee work comp injury. The placed these limits by claiming it would make Tennessee more attractive to business because the costs of worker comp will be lower. Unfortunately, it is the injured workers how pay the price. However, it is important to note that he will receive medical treatment for these work injuries for the rest of his life. That is one great benefit of our system.
We have represented several professional atheletes in workers compensaiton cases as well as business workers, factory workers and truck drivers. If you have a questions, involving a work injury feel free to contact one of our Tennessee Workers Compensation Lawyers.