Workers Compensation Attorney in Knoxville
The Team at Volunteer Law Understands the Challenges You are Facing
Unfortunately, injuries at work happen and can have a lasting effect on your life, both at work and at home. An injury can occur suddenly or happen over time and be anything from a simple strain to more serious permanent conditions such as brain trauma, severe back injuries, losing the use of a limb, depression and anxiety and everything in between. It is during the challenging times after an injury that you need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to help navigate the workers’ compensation process and aggressively advocate for your right to receive medical treatment and monetary compensation. At Volunteer Law, we understand that detailed and efficient communication is important to you and we are dedicated to keeping you informed and involved in every aspect of your claim.
How Volunteer Law Can Help
Our firm has significant experience in handling workers’ compensation claims from their inception to trial, and even through the appeals process. While pursuing your benefits may seem daunting, we have a unique skillset that will guide you through your claim and help you achieve the results you need. With our prior involvement with employers and their workers’ compensation insurance carriers, we have special insight into how your claim is handled by these carriers and can use our expertise to keep you ahead of the game. As part of this, our firm will assist with:
- Identifying the primary issues with your case and helping you understand what benefits you are eligible to receive under the law.
- Filing the necessary paperwork to begin your claim process and pursue your benefits, including the pursuit of wrongfully denied benefits.
- Directly communicating with insurance carriers on your behalf.
- Above all else, we will be in regular contact with you every step of the way.
If You Have Questions, We’re Here for You
At Volunteer Law, we are committed to providing exceptional service and effective representation throughout Tennessee. From our location in Knoxville, we handle claims from the Tri-Cities to Nashville, and everywhere in-between. Our focused and compassionate attorneys are here to listen and help you through these difficult situations and we do not take a fee unless you win your case. Contact us today to schedule your free phone consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a client?
To start the process, please contact us either by phone or by our online contact form. Once we receive your information, we will set up a time to speak with you and gather some initial information during a free phone consultation where we will gather the additional facts of your claim and determine how we can best assist you with your legal needs. We will then perform a “conflicts check” to confirm that nothing stand in the way of our ability to represent you. Our ethical obligations are important to us and we take these matters seriously to ensure we are both representing you and acting in a professional manner. During your free phone consultation, we will answer any questions you have, explain how fees are taken in workers’ compensation, and coordinate an inperson or video appointment to take a more detailed and comprehensive look into you claim should you ask us to represent you.
What should I expect at my initial consultation?
At your first appointment with us, we will meet either at our office located at 112 Glenleigh Court, Ste. 4, Knoxville, TN 37934 (hyperlink?), at an agreed location near you, or via video conference. We will take the time to learn about your claim and get some background information which will allow us to evaluate your case and provide the most thorough legal plan, narrowly tailored to your specific needs. We will formulate our strategy based on the facts and put you in the best position possible to reach a successful outcome. You will also have an opportunity to ask any and all questions you may have regarding the process, what to expect, and how we plan to move forward. We have great experience with the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Comp
What should I bring?
If you decide to schedule an initial consultation, there are a few things you can bring with you that will help in the evaluation of your case. If you have any medical records, including emergency room notes or physical therapy documents, those will help identify the specific issues, especially if the insurance company has denied your claim. You should also bring any documents you received from your employer, the insurance carrier, their defense attorney, or Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
What are the types of workers' compensation benefits that I could receive?
Typically, there are two different sides to a workers’ compensation claim: medical benefits and wage/indemnity benefits. If you are injured and require medical care, the law specifically requires that the employer/insurance carrier provide necessary medical benefits, including medical treatment, equipment, medical supplies among other things, and even more serious care such as surgery.
Additionally, if you are unable to work and earn a wage during your recovery, you are also entitled to wage replacement benefits. If your treating physician states that the injury you sustained resulted in a “permanent impairment,” you are also entitled to a statutory award. (However, sometimes insurance carriers try to minimize your level of permanent impairment or deny medical benefits to which you are entitled. When that is the case, you need an attorney who understands how these insurance carriers operate. The attorneys at Volunteer Law possess a unique understanding of this system and will fight for your benefits.) Of note, with some accidents, the injured party may have legal grounds for a personal injury claim as well as a workers’ compensation claim. While you can only recover from one or the other, personal injury actions can have a significantly higher value than workers’ compensation benefits alone.
Do you keep my information private?
Yes. From the initial phone call to when you meet with us, all conversations as well as any written documentation you provide stays confidential, even if there is no attorney/client relationship formed. We are under an ethical and legal obligation called the attorney-client privilege that obligates us protect your information. Therefore, we cannot disclose anything you tell us without your permission. Our firm utilizes the latest and most secure systems in document and client management so that your information stays safe as you communicate with us.
How do you take your fee for a workers' compensation case?
In Tennessee, your attorney will not take a fee for a workers’ compensation case until a resolution is reached. Basically, we do not get paid until you get paid by the insurance carrier and our fee will be deducted from the final amount. Under the law, our fee is limited to a maximum of 20% of your recovery (although certain minor expenses can also be taken).
If I decide to retain you to represent me in my workers’ compensation claim, what would this representation look like?
From our initial consultation, we will take your tailored litigation strategy and apply it to the facts of your case. We would contact the insurance carrier and their attorney to let them know that we are involved in the claim and would then take care of all communications, so you only have to worry about your recovery.
Most importantly, we will be in constant contact with you on every aspect of your case. This includes relaying any conversations we have with your employer and their insurance carrier, the insurance carrier’s defensive plan, settlement offers, and any other communications we have, as well as regular status updates showing the progress of your claim and how we are employing our strategies to achieve the results you deserve.
We know how a work injury can affect your life and the toll it can have. We are committed to removing as much of the burden from you as possible as you recover and we understand how important it is for you to be involved and know that your interests are at the forefront of our focus.
I would like to know more and potentially discuss my case; how can I contact you?
We can be reached any time by phone at 865-288-7764 or you can contact us via our online contact form. If we are unable to take your call at that time, we will return it within one business day. Volunteer Law is dedicated to an efficient and modern approach to the practice of law and will aggressively advocate for our clients. If you have any questions or would like to set up an initial consultation, please contact us today.