Tennessee Workers’ Comp Lawyer

Tennessee Workers' Comp LawyerJohnson City, TN Workers’ Comp Lawyer and Job Injury Attorney

When employees are hurt on the job and unable to work, the last thing they need is to battle insurance companies to get medical bills paid, wages reimbursed, or the fair compensation they are entitled to under the law.  At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we understand the stress placed on injured workers and their families when a claim is denied.

Qualifying for and receiving Tennessee workers’ compensation benefits can be complicated, as employers and insurers have a financial incentive to deny valid claims and force workers into rehabilitative programs that do not adequately equip them for returning to gainful employment. Experienced Kingsport workers’ compensation lawyer Mark Hurt has the medical and investigative resources needed to challenge workers’ compensation claim denials.  With over three decades of legal and trial experience, he understands how to tenaciously fight insurance carriers, and what is required under Tennessee workers’ compensation statutes in order to obtain full compensation and medical treatment.

If you need help filing for benefits or if your workers’ compensation claim has been denied, or if you are otherwise not being treated fairly, we invite you to call our office at 276-623-0808 to schedule a free case evaluation.  As a workers’ comp attorney, Mark Hurt can evaluate the facts of your injury and advise you as to the benefits to which you are entitled.

How Much Does a Workers’ Comp Attorney Cost?

There are no upfront legal fees for us to handle your case.  We only get paid if compensation is obtained; our fee is capped (by law) at 20% of the recovery or award received.[1]

What Is Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ compensation laws exist to ensure that individuals are fairly compensated for injury and lost wages if they are hurt on the job and cannot work because of a work injury.  Fault is not considered in workers’ compensation cases.  Thus if an employee is hurt at a worksite, the employee is entitled to compensation based upon the scope of the injury, even if the employee was at fault for their injury.

Through this “no fault” system, employees do not have to take an employer to court, or to prove that their employer was negligent, in order to recover compensation.

To be eligible for benefits, a worker must have been employed at the time of the accident, and the injuries must occur during the course of employment.  Injuries can arise in a wide range of scenarios, such as slips and falls, back and neck injuries, hearing loss, or even having an existing injury exacerbated by a job activity or toxic chemical exposure.

Does My Employer Have to Provide Workers’ Comp. Coverage?

Tennessee mandates that certain employers provide workers’ compensation benefits.  In general, companies in Tennessee that must provide workers’ compensation benefits include:

  • Companies with five or more employees;
  • Construction companies with one or more employees; and
  • Any employer in the coal mining industry.

There are certain limited exceptions to these rules; however, if a Tennessean is injured on the job, chances are that an employer is required to provide benefits.

What Types of Workers’ Comp Benefits Are Available?

The workers’ compensation benefits for each claimant vary depending on the extent and nature of the injury sustained.  The following are some of the benefits available under Tennessee law:

  • Medical Benefits. If an employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company determines a covered injury exists, medical treatment must be provided at no cost to the injured worker for as long as a treating physician says it is necessary.  Future medical expenses can also be covered if a treating physician authorizes the care.  Under the law, such treatment must continue until the point at which “maximum medical improvement” (or “MMI”) has occurred (the point at which a worker’s condition has stabilized, and further functionality improvements are not expected).
  • Temporary Disability Benefits. If a doctor states that an employee cannot work or cannot work in the same capacity as before an injury, temporary disability benefits equal to sixty-six and two-thirds percent of the average weekly wages (“AWW”) from before the injury may be awarded.  The AWW is the average wage earned during the 52 weeks before an injury.  Benefits typically begin on the eighth day after a disability begins and continue until an individual returns to work, refuses to comply with a reasonable request for medical treatment, or a physician determines that the worker has reached MMI.
  • Permanent Disability Benefits. If a worker is permanently disabled and unable to perform any work, they may be entitled to receive benefits until they become eligible for Social Security retirement benefits.
  • Death Benefits. When a loved one is killed in a workplace accident or because of a job-related illness, surviving dependents may be eligible to collect a death benefit based upon the decedent’s wages and burial expenses of up to $10,000.

What Types of Cases Do You Handle?

Mark Hurt advises, counsels, and represents employees regarding work-related injuries and death, including (but not limited to) matters arising from or related to:

  • Head and Traumatic Brain Injuries and Bleeds
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Herniated Back Discs
  • Neck Injuries
  • Partial or Total Paralysis
  • PTSD
  • Electrocution
  • Mental and Psychological Injuries Caused by Work-Related Stress
  • Amputations of Limbs
  • Occupational Diseases (such as asbestos’s or mesothelioma) and Cancer
  • Joint Injuries

I Was Injured at Work.  How Can You Help Me?

No matter the size of a case, we assist clients with everything from the filing of the initial accident report and notice of injury to the conclusion of a claim.  If you were injured at work and retain our firm, we will work diligently in protecting your rights and seeking to recover for you all compensation and benefits to which you are entitled.  We regularly assist with the following legal issues:

  • Filing of workers’ compensation claims
  • Appealing workers’ compensation denials
  • Arranging for secondary physician opinions regarding disability determinations
  • Filing third-party negligence claims (including personal injury and wrongful death suits)
  • Filing Social Security Disability benefit applications and appealing denials
  • Initiating wrongful termination lawsuits for those fired as the result of filling a workers’ compensation lawsuit.

What Does Workers’ Compensation Cover?

If an individual has a valid claim, they may be entitled to receive reimbursement for the following expenses:

  • Past medical expenses
  • Future doctor visits
  • Rehabilitation
  • Prescription medications
  • Emergency room visits
  • Transportation costs (for visits farther than 15 miles)
  • Surgery
  • Crutches and other durable medical equipment
  • Nursing care
  • Reasonably necessary dental work
  • Lost wages

How Does the Workers’ Compensation Claim Process Work?

The first step after incurring a workplace injury is to report the incident to a supervisor or to a company’s human resources department.  Injuries must be reported to an employer within 15 calendar days of when the condition was discovered (or should have been discovered).  If an injury is not timely reported, the right to benefits may be lost.  As a best practice, it is crucial to provide notification of an injury immediately, to avoid raising suspicion from an employer (and their insurance carrier) about whether a claim is work-related.

After receiving notification, an employer must submit a First Report of Work Injury or Illness form to its insurance carrier within one day, regardless of whether it believes an injury is work-related.  After that, the employer must provide the injured worker with a list of treating physicians.  To memorialize the medical provider selection, an Employee’s Choice of Physician Form must be executed by both the employer and employee.

A claim decision must be rendered within fifteen days of providing verbal or written notice of a workplace injury.  If a claim is approved, an insurance adjuster must immediately initiate the process for paying the claim.  If denied, the insurance carrier must issue a Notice of Denial.

What Happens If My Workers’ Comp. Claim is Denied?

Many claims are denied, even when individuals have valid, qualifying injuries.  Further, many other employees are paid fewer benefits than they rightfully deserve.  Fortunately, injured workers have a right to appeal a claim decision within one year from the date of the accident or injury, last payment of benefits, or last authorized medical treatment (whichever occurs later).

A claim can be challenged in mediation, at a hearing before the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims, through an appeal with the Workers’ Compensation Board, or in an appeal with the Tennessee Supreme Court.  Appealing a denial can be a complicated and exhausting process; we are experienced in representing clients throughout the workers’ compensation appeals process, including tenaciously representing clients at mediation and hearings before judges.

Call Our Offices to Schedule a Complimentary Consultation to Learn About the Benefits to Which You May Entitled. 

Workers’ compensation benefits can provide much-needed economic stability while a worker is recovering from an injury.  At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we have in-depth knowledge of Tennessee workers’ compensation laws and can fight for the justice you deserve.  Call our office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and to get started.

[1] TN Code § 50-60-226.  Medical costs that have been voluntarily paid by the employer or its insurer are not included in determining the award for purposes of calculating attorney’s fees.

What Our Clients Say

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
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