Nashville Workers Compensation Attorneys
A lifelong commitment to protecting the injured workers of Tennessee
Rocky McElhaney knows firsthand how difficult an on-the-job injury can be for hard working Tennessee families. He understands just how despicable and self-serving insurance companies can be when it comes to workers’ compensation benefits for work injuries.
On August 5, 1988, when Rocky was 15 years old, his Dad, Larry McElhaney, injured his low back working as a millwright. The insurance company would not pay. It took Larry three years to get the surgery he needed. The family struggled and eventually lost their home and had to move. Rocky saw the worry on his Dad’s face as he dealt with the pain and the turmoil of dealing with the tactics of the insurance company. Larry hired a lawyer and things got better for the family. They got justice.
It was at that moment that Rocky decided to become an attorney too – to fight for people the way that lawyer fought for his Dad, his family. Rocky vowed to become a lawyer to help workers just like his father to overcome these struggles and receive maximum compensation for injuries that occur in the workplace. Today, the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm stands as a solid and committed protector of workers’ rights. We have a knowledgeable and dedicated staff of Nashville workers compensation lawyers who are truly devoted to helping you get the benefits you are entitled to.
What you need to know about workers compensation
If you have been injured on the job in Tennessee, you are entitled to workers compensation benefits as long as your employer has five or more employees. Workers compensation claims cover all types of injuries, including:
Tennessee employers are required by law to carry insurance for workers compensation claims. If your employer lacks this insurance, you can sue the employer personally. Workers compensation benefits include medical expenses, temporary total disability benefits, temporary partial disability benefits, permanent total or partial disability benefits, and death benefits. This covers all necessary and reasonable medical expenses for the duration of your injury.
To claim workers compensation benefits, a worker must give notice of their injury to his or her employer in writing within 30 days of the injury.
Workers compensation for severe or fatal injuries
Having an attorney for any workers’ compensation claim is important. However, having an experienced attorney who will fight for you is crucial when the injury is
severe, or even worse, results in death. When an injured worker is unable to work at all as a result of his or her injuries, these are commonly referred to as permanent total disability claims. Permanent total disability claims require testimony from doctors and other experts regarding the injured worker’s abilities and access to the labor market considering those abilities. As one might imagine, permanent total disability claims usually result in greater compensation to the injured worker. The evidence required in these claims is often extensive and complicated.
Having an attorney fighting for you early in the claim is critical. It should be apparent that there are many pitfalls and issues that arise. At Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we receive calls often about individuals who have been put through the ringer, unnecessarily, by the insurance company because that person did not know his or her rights. With severe injury cases, that can cause extreme pain and suffering if the treatment is not provided timely. Unfortunately, pain and suffering are not recoverable in workers’ compensation cases. The insurance company knows this. Most injured workers do not.
Teach insurance companies a lesson they will not forget
If your employer’s insurance company refuses to provide you with medical care, disability benefits or a suitable settlement, the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm will punish them for their insolence. We pressure the insurance companies to pay up, and if they refuse, we immediately take them to trial. Our team of trial attorneys has extensive experience trying workers compensation cases, and they show absolutely no mercy in the courtroom for the insurance companies. We use accountants, vocational and medical experts, and accident reconstructionists to show juries exactly how you were injured, how much these injuries are worth and why the insurance company is to blame.
Our firm has a tremendous record of successful settlements and jury verdicts, and we welcome the honor and opportunity to represent you if you have suffered an injury on the job.
Let Rocky protect you and your family
Call Rocky at 615-246-5549 or contact the firm online to schedule a free initial consultation. From our offices on world famous Music Row in Nashville, the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm represents clients throughout the state of Tennessee, including Knoxville, Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, Chattanooga and Kingsport.