Bristol, TN Workers’ Compensation Lawyer & Workplace Injury Attorney

Bristol Workers’ Compensation LawyerWhen an individual or family member becomes injured on the job, we understand how challenging it can be to get life back on track.  From mounting medical bills to lost income and difficulty caring for loved ones—the stress of a debilitating injury can increase quickly. Workers’ compensation benefits are intended to help return those suffering from workplace injuries to health and employment as soon possible, and to otherwise compensate an injured worker.

As a Bristol, Tennessee workers’ compensation lawyer, attorney Mark Hurt and our firm help those injured on the job in seeking to secure the full benefits and compensation required under the law, including medical benefits.  We stand up for injured workers when employers and insurance companies wrongly deny benefits.

If you’ve been injured on the job, call us today to learn about the benefits to which you are entitled, and how we can help!

Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Law

Under Tennessee workers’ compensation law, injured employees are entitled to coverage for the appropriate medical treatment needed to help recover from work-related injuries and illnesses.[1]  Unfortunately, many individuals are wrongly denied the full medical benefits and compensation to which they are entitled, typically because their claim is not being treated properly by an employer and the employer’s insurance company.

At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, our experienced team is skilled in handling all types of complex workers’ compensation cases and seeking to help injured individuals secure much-needed benefits as expeditiously as possible.

If you sustained a traumatic workplace injury, you can rely on Mark Hurt and our firm to assist with your claim and advocate zealously on your behalf  Our priority is to fully understand the degree of your impairment, the treatment that is medically necessary, the compensation that is provided under the workers’ compensation statutes, and to ensure that medical treatment is not discontinued prematurely or that you are not sent back to work before you are medically able to return to a job.    Whether you need to file the initial injury paperwork or to appeal a denial or a wrongful (and lower) benefit determination, we will fight tenaciously on your behalf to secure for you  the full compensation and benefits that you deserve.

Call our office to schedule a free consultation and to discuss the details of your case and learn about your options and benefits.

Why Should I Hire a Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?

If you’ve been injured on the job, it’s important to realize that your employer (and their insurance company) will have a vested interest to pay as little as possible for your claim.  Not only will they want to save money on minimizing your medical and compensation benefits, they will also be concerned with how your claim may affect their future workers’ compensation ratings and costs.

As a result, workers seeking job injury benefits may find that:

  • They are refused benefits to which they are rightfully entitled;
  • Their degree of disability is not being properly rated (which results in lower compensation being provided);
  • Rehabilitative medical treatment is being wrongly withheld;
  • The company’s doctor clears them to return to work when they are not medically able to do so; or
  • A benefit extension or permanent disability is denied, despite a qualifying disabling injury having occurred.

The Bias of Companies and Company Doctors

In seeking to minimize the medical and compensation costs to a company when a worker is injured on the job, it will be in the company’s interest if their doctor finds that a worker was not injured on the job, if the injury is not that severe, if only limited medical treatment is required, and if the worker does not need to take much time off before returning to work.

Many companies thus intentionally work with physicians who, to maintain lucrative and ongoing business relationships, will have a bias to support the determinations that will be the most favorable to the employer that is paying their fee.  Consequently, a physician may find that a worker is not all that badly injured, resulting in an impairment rating of less than what is appropriate (leading to lower compensation to the injured worker).  Company doctors may also cut off treatment prematurely by determining that future treatment is not necessary (or that the worker has reached “maximum medical improvement”), and deem an injured worker capable of returning to work before the worker is healed.  They may even “find” that a condition occurred outside of work.

We know the tactics used to minimize claims and avoid the medical and compensation that the law requires.  If you’ve been injured at work, we invite you to call us at your earliest convenience to find out how we can help.  We can fight to protect your rights if an unethical employer or money-motivated physician tries to impede your access to necessary treatment, stop your benefits, or send you back to work before you are ready.

With decades of legal practice, attorney Mark Hurt understands the tricks and tactics used by employers and insurance companies to avoid paying full benefits.  He knows how to protect worker rights, and he can advise you of the full range of benefits to which you are entitled, and how the workers’ compensation law will apply to your injury.

How Much Do Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Charge?

At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we understand the financial strain that many families face after a loved one sustains a work injury.  Therefore, we represent workers’ compensation clients on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning that we will only collect a fee if we secure benefits.  If successful, the fee is capped at 20% of the recovered compensation, even if it takes an immense amount of time and work to settle or win the case.  If compensation is not recovered, then no fee is due.

I Was Injured at Work.  How Do I File for Workers’ Compensation?

If you were injured in a workplace accident, time is of the essence.  It is vital to report any incident (in writing) to an employer within 15 days of the injury or 15 days of a physician’s visit for the condition.  The quicker the on-the-job injury or illness is reported, the faster the claim may be handled.  Further, if too much time elapses, it can compromise the ability to collect benefits, as many employers and insurance carriers will argue that the injury occurred at a different time or location other than at work.

What Should I Do If an Employer Claims that My Injury is Not Work-Related?

It’s important that an injury be reported as soon as practical to an employer, and that the injured worker request (and promptly complete) all necessary paperwork relating to an injury.

In some instances, an employer may try to avoid liability by claiming that the injury did not, in fact, occur at work.  For instance, suppose a worker injured his back by lifting a heavy box.  The employer may claim that the injury was not caused by lifting the box, but rather occurred when the worker was doing household chores over the weekend.  When these types of disputes occur, it’s important to establish that the injury did occur at work, and to promptly refute an employer’s assertions to the contrary.

Once an injury is reported to an employer, the company must provide a list of three or more doctors (four if the injury is to the back) who are willing to provide treatment.  The worker must choose from these doctors, and the physician selected must decide whether the condition is work-related.  If the injury occurred in the course of employment, workers’ compensation benefits should cover all medical treatment at no cost.

If the initial physician claims that an injury is not work-related, or if a claim is wrongfully undervalued, an independent doctor can be consulted; however, the injured worker must personally pay for the visit.  We can assist and represent injured workers in this process.

If benefits are denied, on behalf of an injured worker we can file an appeal to have a claim heard before Tennessee’s Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims.  If you are denied compensation, or not being given the full compensation (including medical treatment) to which are you entitled under the law, we can file an appeal and fight tenaciously to help in seeking to have the unfavorable determination overturned.

Can My Employer Fire Me for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

No.

Under Tennessee law, it is illegal to fire an employee for reporting a work injury.  Unfortunately, many employers still wrongfully terminate employees, thinking they can avoid paying for medical care.  They may also be trying to send a message to other workers – “if you file a workers’ compensation claim, you also will be fired.”

If you were subjected to illegal retaliation or fired for reporting an injury, you may have a claim for wrongful termination and be entitled to additional damages. We can also represent you in a lawsuit for damages, which will be separate from your workers’ compensation claim.

What Does Workers’ Compensation Cover?

Workers’ compensation benefits include medical expenses, partial disability benefits, temporary total disability benefits, permanent partial or complete (also known as total) disability, and death benefits.  Workers’ compensation provides coverage for all necessary and reasonable medical expenses for the duration of an injury.

Tennessee employers are required by law to carry insurance for workers’ compensation claims.  If they fail to comply with this requirement, a lawsuit can be filed directly against the company.

How Much Can I Collect from Workers’ Compensation in Tennessee?

In Tennessee, injured workers can collect 662/3% of the average wages they previously received before their injury.  The average weekly wage (AWW) is calculated by adding together earnings for 52 weeks (including overtime) and then dividing by the same number.  Benefits are typically limited to $1,000 per week.

For partial disability payments, the weekly benefits amount is calculated against the loss of earnings.  For example, if an individual made $2,000 a week before an injury and can now only earn $1,200, the payment would be two-thirds of that number, or $800.

In some instances, a lump sum payment may be available to compensate for severe, permanent injuries.  Typically, substantial, one-time payments may be awarded for loss of use of extremities or amputations.   For instance, the Tennessee workers’ compensation board could award $100,000 for the loss of an arm.

Call The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt to Schedule a Free Appointment Today!

At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we help injured Bristol workers file claims for benefits, as well as those whose applications have been denied.  Claims can be complicated, and appeals can be even more challenging, especially if an employer’s insurance company tries to minimize the fault of an employer.  If you were injured on the job and would like help evaluating your options, contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation.

[1] Injured Workers, State of Tennessee, https://www.tn.gov/workforce/injuries-at-work/injured-workers.html

What Our Clients Say

After my car accident, Mr. Hurt and his team worked very diligently to get me a fair settlement. Courtney Cormier, a paralegal on the team, was an invaluable asset to me. She always kept me informed of everything that was happening. I couldn't have had a better experience.
Caleb & Kristina Murray
Caleb & Kristina Murray
21:54 22 Feb 21
I could not be more pleased with the service I received. He is a wonderful lawyer and he gets the job done.
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Country living woman Mountains
05:52 22 Dec 20
This law firm has great people skills and are very professional and efficient I would definitely recommend anyone to this law firm.
Lucas Green
Lucas Green
18:06 06 Dec 20
Courtney done a very good job with my case at the abingdon va office very quick and efficient great job highly reccomended my auto accident was in may and alreadh we have settled for maximum amount thanks so much
James Smith
James Smith
06:57 05 Dec 20
I contacted the law offices of Mark T. Hurt regarding a traffic ticket I received. Initially I was concerned because I live between Florida and New York, and with Virginia being midway, handling my ticket would be a major inconvenience, and I wanted to keep my record free of any infractions.Choosing Mark T. Hurt to represent me was the best choice I made, and it was further improved with the assistance of Rhonda, who contacted me once they received my request. Rhonda is one of those unique people who has mastered the fine line between being perfectly professional and friendly. Every conversation we had, was made to feel as if I were speaking to a close friend. One of the most appreciated aspects of working with her was her understanding and respectful of my schedule and time.For my work, I have a hectic schedule and very few free moments, so being able to handle things quickly and effectively is a priority for me, and Rhonda understood that and took care of everything as if she knew exactly what I was expecting. I even got sick while working with Rhonda, and her first comment was to wish me well. She also went out of her way to find solutions regarding my traffic citation that worked around my schedule. The price was fair, and when considering the quality of work and more importantly, the quality of people you will be reliant upon to ensure the best possible outcome for whatever your situation is, they can ask for 10x more than what I paid and it would still be worth it.All in all, recommendation for this law office, and for Rhonda herself, could not be higher. If you are searching for someone to represent you in any legal matter whatsoever, this is the office to work with. Thank you again Rhonda.
Al Fortunatti
Al Fortunatti
00:47 07 Nov 20
My lawyer Courtney in charge of my case was very professional, and very responsive to my personal injury and auto claim. She had it settled in a timely manner very polite and I would recommend this office to anyone.
Samantha Mays
Samantha Mays
21:28 06 Nov 20
I would highly recommend this law firm! Courtney helped me with my personal injury case, she answered all my questions and was always responsive throughout the entire process.She advocated for me efficiently and strived for the best possible outcome.
SCTC-Kimberly Dickey
SCTC-Kimberly Dickey
17:16 27 Oct 20
I'm not a Virgina resident and had found this firm through Google. I have a traffic violation case in tennessee and was desperate to get awnsers. This law office's staff was so helpful even though I wasn't able to even be a client, I believe the person who awnsered was Ashley. After their direction on finding another attorney and my case I was able to push my court date back and will be able to find someone to represent me.I'm not even a client, they didn't have to help me at all! I just wish they practiced in the tri cities area! Would recommend this group!
Benjamin Smith
Benjamin Smith
18:34 22 Oct 20
I contacted the affordable Law Offices of Mark T Hunt regarding a ticket I received. They requested certain documents from me, went to court on my behalf and got the ticket dismissed! The entire process was easy, fast and efficient. When I emailed or texted them their response time was impeccable!I would HIGHLY recommend them if you are looking for a professional attorney!
Davina Waller
Davina Waller
16:41 22 Oct 20
Under the circumstances that I had to have an encounter with Mr. Hurt, if I needed another team to represent me, I wouldn't hesitate for a second. The sheer communication that I had with Ashley was phenomenal. I was informed every step of the way. I was directed to each step of the process. I thoroughly enjoyed working with this law firm and would HIGHLY reccomend them. They were able to have my ticket completely dropped with no points added. Thank you all so much for all your hard work you did for me.
Chris Sanders
Chris Sanders
16:56 21 Oct 20
Mark and his team were very professional and courteous. They done a excellent job with my traffic ticket. I would highly recommend them.
Shannon Hanes
Shannon Hanes
16:26 21 Oct 20
My son got a speeding ticket in Virginia going back to school in Alabama. We contacted Mark Hurts office and they were very responsive and handled the entire situation for us.
Mary Ellen Fennell
Mary Ellen Fennell
22:54 20 Oct 20
The Law Offices of Mark Hurt made the process of dismissing my ticket so effortless! They were told me all the steps I needed to take to make Mr. Hurt’s job easier, and he was able to dismiss my ticket! I’m so thankful I used Mark Hurt to represent me in court. I would highly recommend him to anyone I know.
Cristina Marie
Cristina Marie
16:33 15 Oct 20
Friendly. Efficient. Professional.I’m thankful!
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Moody Witoutcoffee
03:56 09 Oct 20
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Rafael Oliveira
11:13 06 Oct 20
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Cleber Bandi
00:06 06 Oct 20
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Lindaura Williams
23:47 05 Oct 20
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Flavia Oliver
14:48 05 Oct 20
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T. O.
19:55 03 Oct 20
anita R Oliveira
anita R Oliveira
15:25 03 Oct 20
I highly recommend anyone to choose The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for their issues! They were extremely nice, helpful, and professional, especially Courtney! Every question and concern was always answered. I am thankful for all their help!!
Brittany Gobble
Brittany Gobble
17:35 29 Sep 20
They were very helpful, and answered all of the questions I had, and got great results from my court hearing, I would highly recommend!
Bodie Breitbach
Bodie Breitbach
15:49 21 Sep 20
This law firm is the best of the best and Courtney was just wonderful in every aspect. Extremely helpful and answers every question and always willing to help! Mark Hurt and his crew are the best! Thank you all for helping my family in a very difficult time. Highly recommend.
Tony Statzer
Tony Statzer
14:41 17 Sep 20
Late in July I was charged with a reckless driving ticket in Greenville County, Virginia. I got caught going 83mph in a 55mph zone. It was my first offense on my driving record and I did not need a misdemeanor which could hurt my career. I was assured by Mrs Rhonda Hurt not to worry and that her team would take care of it. On my end, the only effort I put in was taking a 12 hour defensive driving course and sending her my driving record. Two months later, the result of my hearing was a reduction to a defective equipment/non driving violation with 0 points off my record. The other good part about this case was I did not have to go to court. In court fees I paid $68 and a fine of $78 for my ticket. Mrs. Rhonda and her team put together a miracle in that county and I cannot give her enough credit. I sincerely recommend this firm because I know they worked hard on my case and will do the same for you. Thank you again!
Marqus Keith
Marqus Keith
14:54 15 Sep 20
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Catina Ratliff
Catina Ratliff
17:51 05 Sep 20
The law offices of mark hurt was very good to me and my family great people great service and great results courtney was our paralegal that presided over the case could not have asked for more to be done.
Danny Kiser
Danny Kiser
18:34 31 Aug 20
I got a traffic ticket while I traveled passing through VA in May.It is a big deal if you have the Law Section: 44-1/46/2-862 and speeding excess of 80 MPH in your ticket. It is a Criminal Misdemeanor Reckless Driving Charge!I saw Mark T. Hurt's Law office simple letter, I decided to give a call and get a free consultation.From the call, Rhonda provided a detail explaining the criminal charge of the Misdemeanor Reckless Driving ticket is about. She is a very caring and honest person, no sale pressure to me to take their law office at all.Once I decided to use their firm to represent me in court, it didn't take an hour, I was told totake some actions and wait for cout day to see the result. That is that simple and no worry at all. On the court date, I received text messages from lawyer's office. Guess what? The lawyer did a miraculous and fantastic job for me in the court.The Reckless Driving Misdemeanor ticket has been reduced to an Improper Driving traffic ticket.Thanks to Mark T. Hurt's Law office team! They are not only very professional and transparent but also does the best quality job you can find. I strongly recommend them to be your lawyer if you need one in VA.
C.Y. Kuan
C.Y. Kuan
01:07 23 Aug 20
Having landed a Reckless Driving (99 in a 65) on my way back to FL from WV, I came across this law firm when searching something along "best reckless driving lawyers Virginia."Mr. Hurt's firm dropped my "Criminal Misdemeanor" to an improper driving. Which from my understanding is right next to a normal speeding ticket.All expenses accounted (payment, court cost, fine), I'm out roughly $1,100 ; but I'd much rather pay that once today, than every six months to an insurance company for the next... God knows how many years. I am extremely grateful and overjoyed with my outcome.As far as speaking with the great ladies at these offices, everyone was always kind, quick, and considerate. They answered all my questions, explained all my options and possible outcomes. I had a clean record, and had now experience dealing with courts or lawyers, so their patience and knowledge was especially helpful. If I ever screw up again (I pray to God I don't) I hope it's in Virginia, so I can call upon Mr. Hurt's offices.
Nomadic Wolf
Nomadic Wolf
21:06 21 Aug 20
I would like to thank Hope for helping me get my SSDI. She was a true professional a great help with my success. great asset to the law firm and honest lady could not ask for anyone better. Thank You, David
David Harden
David Harden
21:17 20 Aug 20
I had a miracle outcome
jose feliz
jose feliz
22:14 18 Aug 20
I got stop in wyth county saw good reviews on Law of Mark, i can say i highly recomend them, got stop 79mph on a 60mph, they all i had to pay was a low amounth of $200 fine plus court cost $76 and they got me out with zero point infraction, if you looking for lawyer on traffic tickets here its the place to go with! Very professional and representatives will be there to help any time!
Brisio Gaza
Brisio Gaza
23:12 15 Aug 20
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Christy Statzer
Christy Statzer
02:52 11 Aug 20
Courtney Cormier and the law office, was amazing! Courtney was very efficient, timely, and responsive. I had an issue with a previous employee, but due to that, Mr. Hurt wanted to ensure that I was completely satisfied, so he made adjustments on his fee, just to make sure I was happy! You couldn't ask for a better paralegal or law office! I highly recommend this firm!
Jessica Ann Roberts
Jessica Ann Roberts
20:10 30 Jul 20
I called seeking help with a traffic ticket I received. I spoke to the legal assistant, Ashley and she was very helpful.
Nathan
Nathan
13:54 30 Jul 20
my Attorney Courtney Cormier was amazing and very helpful and patient with me and the case and always keep me updated on all the steps and procedures of the process i would definitely recommend her and this office they are amazing
Branden Lewis
Branden Lewis
15:24 21 Jul 20
These guys got my reckless driving charge of a 94 in 70 down to a improper driving. You won’t regret hiring them to help you out!
Haley Walser
Haley Walser
23:22 20 Jul 20
Great experience with Courtney Cormier! Thanks for the professional help!
Alisha Fagan
Alisha Fagan
16:26 20 Jul 20
Thank you for doing the best you guys did an amazing job with my case I appreciate everyone that worked on my case I definitely recommend this law firm!!
Abdullah Shaikh
Abdullah Shaikh
14:56 16 Jul 20
Great people! Very helpful and professional.
Heather Foster
Heather Foster
21:53 15 Jul 20
Wonderful, family oriented law firm. The staff are very attentive and courteous especially Courtney. I highly recommend this legal establishment!
Duane Cormier
Duane Cormier
17:25 15 Jul 20
Amazing group of people to work with Courtney is fantasticI would highly recommend this group
Kara Ginter-Hensley
Kara Ginter-Hensley
21:41 14 Jul 20
Great firm!! Diana will walk you through everything you need to take care of a traffic ticket.
Braden Alexander
Braden Alexander
19:28 14 Jul 20
They are very professional, and respectful with everybody, including one of his employees, Rafael
Flavia Oliver
Flavia Oliver
17:01 14 Jul 20
The personnel who work here are constiment professionals. Rhonda Hurt kept me abreast of all proceedings and changes without the need for me to follow up, allowing me to maintain a piece of mind knowing that the Law Offices of Mark T Hurt were on the job (Rhonda kept me up to date through text and e-mail).During the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak all court dates were changed. I received a personalized letter from Mark assuring me that he and his team was on the job and was going to see my case through to the end while keeping me looped in.Thank you for all your help and persistence to see the great outcome I received.I highly recommend anyone to use the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for their issues!
Jon H
Jon H
11:34 13 Jul 20
They are a hard working team that care about their clients.
Frederick Baker II
Frederick Baker II
05:13 26 Jun 20
Fast, professional, and friendly. One of the best we have had for our family case and would HIGHLY recommend!!
Jonathan Mora
Jonathan Mora
19:13 04 May 20
I had a summons to court for reckless driving doing 82/70, and they took care of it without a problem and got it dismissed for me! They also work with you on your payments! Rhonda is the sweetest person I’ve ever spoke too, she worked with me and helped me tremendously! I highly recommend you choose this amazing and sweet firm to help your cases! ❤️
Aleah Nicole
Aleah Nicole
13:46 11 Apr 20
They are here to help you out and take care of your needs. I would recommend them for sure.
Dusty Kimber
Dusty Kimber
22:43 02 Apr 20
Great job of communicating throughout the entire process. Rhonda and staff were very professional, with great knowledge, and results.They were able to get my speeding ticket completely dismissed.
Kendrick Wiggins
Kendrick Wiggins
20:03 02 Apr 20