When someone is injured on the job, applied for workers’ compensation benefits, and either received inadequate benefits or had their claim denied altogether, they should consider speaking with an experienced Knoxville workers’ compensation appeals lawyer. Contact Morris & Doolan, PLLC today to learn more about how we can assist you.
Knoxville Workers’ Compensation Appeals Lawyer | Fighting for What’s Rightfully Yours
We know that appealing your workers’ compensation matter can be very stressful, especially if you have to appear in a courtroom setting. Our Knoxville workers’ compensation attorney is committed to fighting for the best outcome possible on your behalf. With us on your side, you can feel confident about your case.
Workers’ Compensation Appeals Process in Tennessee
There are several steps to the workers’ compensation appeals process in Tennessee. They are as follows:
- First, you and your Knoxville workers’ compensation appeals lawyer will have to file a Petition for Benefits Determination with the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation within one year of your injury/your last benefit payment/your last authorized medical treatment (whichever is the latest date).
- If this is your first time appealing your case over temporary disability benefits or coverage for medical treatment, your attorney will speak with a neutral third-party mediator from the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation who will try to reach a settlement between you and the insurance company. Typically, this meeting happens either in person or on the phone. If we can resolve the dispute here, we will. However, if you are still offered inadequate compensation, we can take the next step.
- When mediation does not resolve the dispute, the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims will receive a Dispute Certification Notice. You and your attorney will attend an expedited hearing before a judge within 60 days. In most cases, you will have to attend a formal hearing and present all evidence pertaining to your case. The judge will then issue a written order after the hearing, detailing the benefits you are to receive.
- That being said, if you still have not received the benefits to which you believe you are entitled, we can appeal to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board within 30 days. In this case, a panel of workers’ compensation judges will review the initial hearing decision and determine whether it should be upheld or modified. Ensure that you do not face the Board without an experienced attorney on your side.
Contact Morris & Doolan, PLLC
There are few things more important than securing the benefits you need to heal, and although insurance companies may not always be on your side, our firm is. Contact Morris & Doolan, PLLC today to schedule your free initial consultation with our competent legal team.