Chattanooga Attorneys Serving Workers with Serious Work-related Injuries
Helping permanently disabled workers obtain full and fair compensation
Going to work should not be life-threatening, but that is the reality for many workers in high-risk jobs. Whether it be construction, truck driving, fishing or another dangerous employ, these workers are at the mercy of safety mechanisms, proper equipment and well-trained supervisors. When something goes awry, an employee could be seriously injured, and even suffer a permanent disability or death. These brave workers deserve to have their legal rights protected.
The lawyers at Wagner & Wagner Attorneys at Law are advocates for seriously injured workers. We are a family team of Chattanooga work injury attorneys that cares about you and your loved ones. We know that while you may deserve workers’ compensation, actually obtaining those benefits might not be that simple. We are prepared to fight so you receive every penny you deserve.
Permanent work-related injuries
While a broken bone may heal, certain on-the-job injuries might not. One severe accident could cause a lifetime of total or partial disability, disrupting your ability to earn a living, care for your family and live a happy, full life. Permanent work-related injuries include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Paraplegia/quadriplegia. A severe spinal cord injury may cause either paraplegia, weakness/paralysis in the legs, or quadriplegia, weakness/paralysis in both the legs and arms. These devastating medical conditions can last forever.
- Brain damage. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a blow or sudden jolt to the head. A TBI may lead to permanent brain damage, which can lessen your cognitive abilities and threaten your emotional and mental health.
- Amputation. Amputation occurs when you lose a limb, including a finger, toe, arm, hand or other extremity. These types of injuries happen when a worker’s limb is crushed in a large machine, suffers a car accident or otherwise is seriously harmed.
- Loss of vision. When employees suffer eye injuries, it could forever impair their vision. You could even lose an eyeball and have to use a prosthetic eye. In the worst cases, you could suffer permanent blindness.
- Toxic exposure illnesses. If you were exposed to a toxin, such as asbestos, lead or lye, you might develop mesothelioma, lung disease or other potentially fatal illness. These illnesses could require a lifetime of medical treatment and a multitude of side effects.
- Chronic pain. Conditions like Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, certain types of arthritis, neck and back injuries like slipped or herniated discs, or other injuries that leave you unable to work may be covered under workers’ compensation. If your chronic pain cannot be alleviated or curd, you may be able to make a claim for Social Security Disability benefits, instead.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Tragically, thousands of workers die on the job every year — a total of 4,379 workers perished in 2015, according to OSHA. And that only includes employee who died working in the private sector. When a loved one dies in a work accident, his or her dependents may be entitled to certain workers’ compensation benefits.
Total permanent or partial disability benefits
The state offers additional workers’ compensation benefits for employees who suffer from a permanent injury. You could receive:
- Permanent partial disability benefits (PPD). In the event you are permanently injured but can still seek some kind of employment, you may receive PPD benefits. You could earn up to 66 2/3% of your average weekly wage, subject to limitations.
- Permanent total disability benefits (PTD). If you are permanently injured and cannot return to any type of work in the open market, you may qualify for PTD benefits, which can continue until you receive the age when you are eligible for old-age retirement.
You could receive PPD or PTD benefits after you have reached maximum medical improvement and your treating physician has assigned a permanent impairment rating.
Working with a trustworthy workers’ compensation attorney
At Wagner & Wagner Attorneys at Law, we pride ourselves are being accessible, knowledgeable and, most importantly, trustworthy. We genuinely want to better our community and help injured workers in every way possible. If you need help obtaining any type of workers’ compensation benefit, give our Chattanooga workers’ compensation lawyers a call today at 423.799.3532 or fill out our contact form. From Chattanooga to Cleveland, TN and Northern Georgia, we represent injured workers in all surrounding counties.