The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development has announced a series of seminars across the state to help educate employers on the Workers’ Compensation Reform Act of 2013. The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Workers’ Compensation division will team up with the TN Chamber of Commerce to deliver these seminars in an effort to inform employers throughout Tennessee about the impact of the bill, including steps that can be taken to avoid workplace injuries and ways to better handle on-the-job injuries if they do occur. If you have been seriously injured in a work accident in Tennessee, and you believe you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, contact our reputable attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. With our qualified lawyers on your side, you can protect your legal rights and pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries and medical bills.
TN Workers’ Compensation Changes
The main goals of the workers’ comp bill are to design a system that is fair to both workers and employers in terms of benefits, to make the system easier to understand for injured workers, to lower workers’ compensation insurance premiums and to speed up the settling of work injury claims. Key components of the Tennessee workers’ compensation bill include the following:
- Increasing the number of weeks for disability benefits from 400 to 450
- Making outcomes more predictable by utilizing workers’ compensation judges
- Putting a greater emphasis on mediation
- Utilizing neutral ombudsmen to help unrepresented workers file forms and prepare for mediation
Our Knowledgeable Workers’ Comp Lawyers Can Help
“Working to lower workers’ comp premiums is a key tool in helping bring new employers to Tennessee, said Workers’ Compensation Administrator Abbie Hudgens. “We want to do everything we can to encourage new employers to start their businesses in Tennessee.” And while it may seem like Tennessee employers are the ones benefiting from the workers’ compensation reform, TN workers too, will benefit from lower rates of work injuries and illnesses. According to TOSHA Administrator Steve Hawkins, “TOSHA and Workers’ Compensation agree the best way to reduce costs is to maintain a safe and healthful workplace by eliminating or controlling workplace hazards.” If you have suffered workplace injuries in Nashville, or elsewhere in Tennessee, consult our knowledgeable lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates for legal help. Our attorneys have years of experience protecting the rights of injured workers throughout Tennessee, and will work diligently to help you seek fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries.