Sullivan County Workers’ Comp Lawyer

Sullivan County Workers’ Compensation Lawyer & TN Work Injury Attorney

Under Tennessee law, most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to ensure that employees suffering from severe on-the-job injuries or illnesses can receive the medical treatment and wage replacement benefits to which they are rightfully entitled.  Unfortunately, workers’ compensation insurance adjusters routinely deny claims outright or refuse to cover necessary medical treatments.  As a Sullivan County workers’ comp lawyer, attorney and firm founder Mark Hurt is dedicated to protecting the rights of injured workers, and seeking for them the full pay and benefits to which they are entitled.

Our workers’ compensation practice is devoted to those who have sustained a severe injury on the job, usually one which will result in permanent partial or permanent total disability.  Qualifying injuries or disabilities can include numerous types of injuries, including:

  • Physical injuries, such as head trauma, brain injury, amputation, blindness, paralysis, hearing loss, and disabling muscular injury (such as severe back and neck injuries);
  • Mental illness related to the workplace;
  • Cancer and other illnesses caused by workplace exposure to matters such carcinogens and other toxic chemicals.

Understanding the Bias that May Exist with Employer-Recommended Doctors

When a worker is injured, the company will provide the worker with a list of doctors that can be seen about the injury, and the worker will need to choose a doctor from this list.  It’s important that workers understand that the doctors on the company’s list may be biased against the worker, as the company will be paying the doctors.  Also, if the doctors want to remain on the list for future cases, they will also have an incentive to favor positions favorable to the company, which may include:

  • downplaying or failing to diagnose an injury;
  • sending individuals back to work too soon;
  • claiming an injury was pre-existing;
  • claiming that injuries were not sustained in a work accident; and/or
  • specifying that someone has reached the maximum medical improvement (MMI) level when this is not the case, prematurely ending benefits.

If you’ve been injured, you also have the right to see a doctor of your choosing, provided that you will be responsible for paying such doctor.  Because of the inherent bias of company doctors, it will often make sense for a worker to schedule an appointment with their own doctor, particularly if they disagree with the findings of the company doctor.  Moreover, with some cases like back and neck injuries and strains where the actual condition and severity may be difficult to diagnose, it may also be prudent for an injured worker to schedule an appointment with their own doctor for an independent medical opinion about the nature, severity, prognosis, and work limitations for their case. 

We Represent Injured Workers Throughout the Workers’ Compensation Process

Many injured employees seeking compensation try to manage the workers’ compensation claims process alone.  However, they often find that pursuing benefits can be long and challenging, involving notifications that can be hard to understand and deadlines that are easily missed.  Additionally, many injured workers do not understand what actions should be taken when their rights and health are being jeopardized in order to obtain the pay and benefits to which they are entitled. Further, dealing with biased insurance adjusters can be frustrating and emotionally draining.

At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we can make the process much easier by handling filings, negotiating with insurance companies, ensuring that deadlines are met, and seeking full and fair compensation for lost wages, mounting medical bills, and all other benefits to which you are entitled.

Call Our Office to Schedule a FREE Case Evaluation! 

We Only Receive a Fee if We Secure Compensation for You

Whatever the injury you sustained, it never costs anything to discuss your case with Mark Hurt, as we offer a free consultation so that injured workers can learn about their rights to compensation and benefits.  We also will not charge any fee unless we are successful in helping you obtain benefits.  If we secure compensation for you, our fee will be capped at 20% of the benefit award (a full explanation of fees, costs, and other expenses will be set forth in our retention agreement, which governs our representation and related matters). You will never have to worry about unexpected legal fees as your case is ongoing.  Call today to schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options.

What Should I Do If I Was Injured at Work in Tennessee?

Workers’ compensation claims have strict deadlines that must be met.  If an injury is not timely reported, it can compromise benefit eligibility.  Further, if too much time elapses, insurance companies may argue that an injury was sustained later or outside of work.

When individuals are severely injured in a workplace accident, it is vital to report the incident (in writing) to an employer within 15 days of the injury or of being diagnosed by a physician.  Typically, injured workers should contact their HR department (if there is one), or their manager.  Companies normally have the forms upon which a workplace injury should be reported.

Once an injury is reported, an employer should provide a list of at least three doctors from which an injured worker can choose and proceed with making a claim determination.  If the injury is significant and occurred in the course of employment, workers’ compensation should cover all healthcare costs, regardless of who is at-fault for the accident.  This means that there will be no out-of-pocket healthcare expense for the injured employee (unless the employee wishes to see their own doctor).

What Should I Do If My Workers’ Comp Claim Was Denied?

If an unethical physician claims that an injury is not work-related, or if less compensation is provided than what is rightfully deserved, an independent doctor can be consulted for a second opinion.  However, the visit must be paid for by the injured worker, not the employer (and their insurance company).  We regularly work with independent medical providers who are experts in evaluating workers’ compensation injuries.  If an external evaluation is needed, we can put you in contact with reputable healthcare providers.

Additionally, we would invite you to call our firm.  If you are denied benefits, or your case was undervalued, Mark Hurt can file an appeal to have a claim heard before Tennessee’s Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims and fight tenaciously to help in seeking full compensation.  In Tennessee, it can be difficult to secure benefits for minor work injuries; however, if an injury is severe, the chances of overturning a denial are much higher.

Can I Lose My Job If I Report a Work Injury?

Tennessee law has special protections that guard against employers retaliating against employees for reporting workplace accidents and injuries.  Despite regulations, some companies still unlawfully fire individuals for making workers’ compensation claims and reporting impairments.  If this happens, it may be possible to file a wrongful termination claim to recover damages.  As an experienced litigator with over three decades of experience, Mark Hurt not only helps with benefit claims, but he can also assist with other employment-related matters, including wrongful termination lawsuits or other illegal retaliatory actions taken by employers as the result of a workers’ compensation claim being filed.

How Much Does Workers’ Comp Pay for an Injury in Sullivan County?

Workers suffering from a severe compensable injury may be entitled to receive compensation for medical treatment, travel expenses (if travel exceeds 15 miles one-way to medical visits), and temporary wage replacement, and other benefits.  Additionally, if a permanent disability is sustained, it may also be possible to recover Social Security Disability until the individual reaches retirement age and begins collecting Social Security retirement benefits.

Temporary disability benefits usually begin replacing a portion of a workers’ wages starting on the eighth day of the disability.  Typically, this amount is 66.67% of the average weekly wages earning during the year before the injury, subject to some minimum and maximum.  If an employee can work but makes less because of work restrictions, he or she may be entitled to reduced benefits.

Do I Have to Pay a Copay for Medical Treatment for a Compensable Injury?

No.  Injured workers are not responsible for the cost of medical treatment provided by an authorized care provider for a compensable claim.  In some cases, however, insurance companies may attempt to avoid paying a bill by alleging a physician did not approve medical care.  If this happens to you, we can fight in seeking to have the adjuster’s determination overturned.

Injured Workers Are Entitled to Compensation.  Call Today to Learn About Your Options for Collecting Workers’ Compensation Benefits!

As a dedicated Sullivan County work injury lawyer, Mark Hurt has helped numerous seriously-injured workers (across various industries) overcome common workers’ comp obstacles, such as pre-existing conditions, denied claims, undervalued injuries, returning to work too soon, and more.

At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we understand that no amount of compensation can make an injured worker whole again.  Still, workers’ compensation benefits can ensure that an injured worker receives the full payment that is due, and that qualifying medical treatment be provided, without placing an injured worker and their family in financial jeopardy.

If you were severely injured in a workplace accident, workplace injury attorney Mark Hurt can assist in seeking compensation for medical care, lost wages, and all other benefits to which you may be entitled.  Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!

What Our Clients Say

I'm an out of state driver who received a speeding ticket in smyth county. Mark Hurt Law firm helped me get the charge completely dismissed at a very affordable cost! Great Firm , highly recommend!
Luke Robinson
Luke Robinson
21:48 22 Apr 21
A very professional team who understands the stress of being in an accident. Our paralegal, Courtney Cormier, made us always feel as if things were being taken care of and it was nice to be worry free.
Kristina Murray
Kristina Murray
18:29 03 Mar 21
Diana Phipps
Diana Phipps
13:46 03 Mar 21
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.
Country living woman Mountains
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!
Moody Witoutcoffee
Moody Witoutcoffee
03:56 09 Oct 20
Rafael Oliveira
Rafael Oliveira
11:13 06 Oct 20
Cleber Bandi
Cleber Bandi
00:06 06 Oct 20
Lindaura Williams
Lindaura Williams
23:47 05 Oct 20
Flavia Oliver
Flavia Oliver
14:48 05 Oct 20
T. O.
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
I highly recommend this law firm! Rhonda answered all my questions regarding social security questions and she put my nerves at ease! Im so thankful for her kind spirit and her honesty!
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
This law firm is the up most professional and highly knowledgeable in it's field of work. Courtney is awesome and a pleasure to work with she is the best at her job. We highly recommend this law firm!
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