The expenses faced by most employees injured on the job are often covered by Tennessee workers’ compensation insurance. However, several factors can leave a worker with no benefits. These include a worker’s industry and citizenship status.
The Tennessean recently examined the dangers and deplorable living conditions that many working in our state’s tobacco industry face today. The article discussed how, despite numerous worker injuries, the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration has not conducted a safety inspection at a tobacco farm since Oct. 2006.
Experts say that there are too few laws regulating the industry and there is not enough funding to cover expenses associated with the inspections.
Regardless of these problems, it’s important for workers to remember that there is help available if they are injured on the job. A Tennessee workers compensation attorney may be able to assist you with getting benefits.
This was illustrated in a case recently heard before the state’s courts, which found that undocumented workers who cannot return to work because of injuries or illnesses still have the right to sue their employers if they are wrongfully terminated from their positions due to their conditions.
At Ponce Law, we understand Tennessee employment law and can help you navigate our state’s legal system. So if you’ve been hurt on the job, feel free to give us a call at 615-244-4321 to learn more about how we can help you.