Johnson City, TN (PRWEB) February 08, 2013
People who have suffered a workplace injury in Tennessee are among the most likely to hire a personal injury lawyer to represent them when filing a workers’ compensation claim to recover lost wages and secure health benefits, according to a recent study.
The study, conducted by the Workers Compensation Research Institute, found injured workers were concerned about whether they can trust their workplace through the complex and burdensome claims process, and what options they have if their claim is denied. Adding further emotional weight to the seriousness of the matter, workers believed their injuries were so severe that the future well-being of themselves and their families depended on winning the case, according to the study.
“These are the chief reasons why Tennessee ranked second among the eleven states in the study in terms of workers seeking legal representation for a workers’ compensation claim,” said Johnson City personal injury lawyer Evan Meade.
“Fear is a great motivator,” he added. “And so is reality. Unfortunately, too many employees have every right to be worried about their future after they have suffered an injury on the job.”
The study tracked 7,000 claims records involving workers in eleven states, including Tennessee, who lost more than a week of time due to injury. Overall, Tennessee ranked second, with a little over thirty percent of injured workers hiring personal injury attorneys to represent them. Maryland was first, at fifty percent, while Texas was last, at eight percent.
Meade noted that an employer can refuse to acknowledge the on the job injury or an insurance company could deny a legitimate workers’ compensation claim on a technicality. In both cases, he said, the companies are in the business of making a profit, which does not happen when they pay large settlements in workers’ comp claims. Insurance companies in particular are well-versed in countless methods – some of them legally or ethically borderline – of raising doubts about either the circumstances or seriousness of a work-related injury.
“Whatever an injured worker does, they should never accept the doctor’s impairment rating without consulting an attorney who may be able to get a higher rating,” the Johnson City personal injury lawyer said. “The most likely reason the insurer is making the offer is because they know the injured worker may be entitled to much, much more money and they are afraid of what will happen to their bottom line if the worker pursues the claim with the assistance of legal representation.”
Meade said the failure to hire an experienced worker’s compensation lawyer can have devastating effects on a worker and their loved ones because an attorney offers the best chance for them to receive a fair financial settlement that can go a long way toward easing their concerns about the future.
About The Meade Injury Law Group
The Meade Injury Law Group specializes in protecting the rights of workplace injury victims so that they receive the compensation and benefits that they deserve. The lawyers at Meade have more than 35 years of aggressive trial, mediation, arbitration and negotiation experience. Evan Meade is a member of the Tennessee Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is limited to trial lawyers who have achieved a trial verdict, award or settlement of $1 million or more.
The firm is located at 215 North Boone Street in Johnson City, Tennessee. A free consultation with a personal injury attorney is available by calling 1-423-926-7112 or by visiting the firm’s website at http://www.MeadeInjuryLaw.com