Filing a Claim

Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to return those suffering a compensable workplace injury to their health and to their jobs as quickly as possible. Injured workers will be provided with the appropriate medical treatment, deemed medically necessary by an authorized treating physician,  to recover from a compensable work-related injury or illness. If the authorized treating physician reduces the hours of work or takes an injured worker off work, lost wages may be replaced with temporary disability benefits, depending on how much time is missed. Most employers and insurance adjusters provide benefits without assistance from us. If you are not having problems with your claim, you do not need to contact us.  View our Beginner’s Guide to Tennessee Workers’ Compensation.

Report Your Injury Immediately

If you are injured at work, you should report your injury to your supervisor immediately. Effective for injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2016, employees generally have fifteen (15) calendar days from when they knew or should have known about their suspected injury to report it to their employer. It is illegal for an employer to fire an employee for reporting a work injury. If an injured employee is fired and believes it was for reporting a work injury, the employee may wish to consult an attorney.

If you are an employee of the State of Tennessee, there are a few differences in the way your claim is handled.

Need More Help?

If you have additional questions, please call 615-532-4812 or 800-332-2667 or contact us by email at Find out about other available assistance programs by contacting an ombudsman.