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Tennessee Injured Employee Workers Compensation Benefits

Workers compensation employee benefit information for the State of Tennessee

Tennessee Workers Compensation Medical Benefits -

  • Medical benefits for injured Tennessee workers are paid without regard to length of disability or amount of cost.

Who Chooses the Physician for Injured Workers in Tennessee -

  • The employer is to provide, free of charge, a panel of three physicians [in case of a back injury a panel of three physicians plus one chiropractor] from which the employee selects one for treatment. Physician selected become the “authorized treating physician.” This physician will direct all medical treatment for the employee's workers' compensation injury.

Tennessee Workers Compensation Disability Benefits -

  • Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits:
    • Workers’ compensation payments are not paid to an injured employee for the first seven (7) days of disability. Workers’ compensation payments commence on the eighth (8th) day the treating physician takes an injured employee off work. Beginning on the 8th day, an employee is eligible for one day's benefits. On the ninth (9th) day, an employee is eligible for two days' benefits, and so on. If the employee continues to lose time from work through the fourteenth (14th) day, the seven-day waiting period will be picked up and the employee will be due benefits retroactive to day one (1) of the period of time the treating physician has taken an injured employee off work.
    • An injured worker's wage paid is 66 2/3%.
    • The weekly payment minimum is $112.80.
    • The weekly maximum is $827, 110% of the Tennessee state average weekly wage.
    • Maximum period of payments is 400 weeks and the maximum amount payable is $300,800.
    • Note:
      • Current Tennessee state average weekly wage is: $752

  • Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Benefits:
    • An injured worker's wage paid is 66 2/3%.
    • The weekly payment minimum is $112.80.
    • The weekly maximum is $752, 100% of the Tennessee state average weekly wage.
    • Maximum period of payments is 400 weeks and the maximum amount payable is $300,800.
    • Note:
      • If 100% disabled the maximum weekly payment can be paid til age 65 and offset by OASDI.

  • Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits:
    • An injured worker's wage paid is 66 2/3%.
    • The weekly payment minimum is $112.80.
    • The weekly maximum is $752, 100% of the Tennessee state average weekly wage.
    • Note:
      • Non-scheduled injuries have a maximum period of payments of 400 weeks.
      • Non-scheduled injuries maximum amount is $300,800.


Tennessee Workers Death/Dependency Benefits -

  • When an injury results in the death of a covered employee, leaving one beneficiary, such as a spouse and no dependent children or an orphan child, the one beneficiary is entitled to 50% of the deceased employee's average weekly wage, not to exceed the maximum total benefit.
  • If the deceased employee leaves a spouse and one or more dependent children, 66 2/3% of the deceased employee's average weekly wages, not to exceed the maximum total benefit, is due.
  • If a deceased employee leaves other relatives dependent on the employee for support, compensation may also be payable to those dependents.
  • When the deceased employee leaves no dependents, $20,000 shall be paid to his or her estate. Tennessee rules allow benefits to be paid to the surviving dependents of a deceased worker if the fatality occurred as a result of an injury arising out of and in the course of employment.


Tennessee workers Compensation Attorney Fees -

  • Attorney fees are limited to 20% by statute.

More specific workers compensation employee benefit information for this state can be found by following the link below. It will take you directly to the state web page containing employee's workers compensation rights and benefits:

http://www.state.tn.us/labor-wfd/wcfaq.html



Important Notice Please Read: All information on this page is provided only as a reference. While we strive to mantain accurate information on this site please realize workers compensation laws are complicated and subject to change at any time. If you need help with a workers compensation problem or have a specific situation or question please contact our office. Otherwise please consult your states governing authority or an attorney in your state of residency for assistance.


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