Workers’ compensation is a legislative creature. This means that each state has a completely different set of statutes that govern what is considered a work-related injury, what benefits are available to injured workers, what defenses are available to employers, and what the process is to resolve disputed claims.

The attorneys at Peterson White, LLP are experienced in serving the defense needs of national and regional insurers, self-insured employers, and third-party administrators in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Alabama.

Peterson White doesn’t just defend the claim; it serves the client. The attorneys at Peterson White can help determine whether an alleged injury is really work-related under applicable state laws and make recommendations regarding investigations that can help defend against unwarranted claims. Further, our team can help obtain information on a claimant’s medical background and help navigate employers and claims professionals around the legal pitfalls in the process of treating the injured worker, returning him or her to work, and, of course, litigating or settling the claim.
Our team approach includes attorneys focused on legal work, clerical and paralegal staff focused on administrative tasks, and specific staff dedicated to dealing with issues requiring more medical knowledge. This approach can help minimize both legal costs and exposure.

Compensability

Not every injury at work is work-related, and some claimed injuries don’t involve any specific accident. Attorneys at Peterson White can help determine whether someone is an employee and whether a claimed injury is actually a compensable work injury.

Medical Benefits

Employers are generally responsible for providing medical care to injured workers free of charge as long as the medical care is related to the work injury, but the methods for doing so vary greatly from state to state.

Income Benefits

Income benefits (sometimes referred to as indemnity benefits) come in several flavors: TTD, TPD, PPD, and PTD. These are basically different combinations of temporary/ permanent and total/ partial disability.