Asked in Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Tennessee

Q: Storm drain collapse trailer fell to one side. While being loaded. I injured my right tricep torn my muscle. Can i sew?

I was finishing loading a trailer it feel to one side caused my right arm to slam into trailer wall. Then across product. The trailer was parked on drain crate. Which collapsed and caused loaded trailer to fall. They are letting me work / walk around filing paper work. I'm on worker's comp.

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing

A: Depends on who owns the property where the drain is. If it's your employer, chances are no, as the whole reason they set up the Workers Compensation was less to compensate workers than to get employers off the hook.

However if you were loading/unloading product at a plant owned by some company other than your employer, yes.

If the culvert/drain was recently installed, may be liability on whoever designed the way it was to be built, may have a case against them. So you should contact a member of the Tennessee Assn for Justice who hanldles workplace & on the job injuries. Also, if you have wage loss on your personal vehicle insurance, some states allow that to be used to cover the 1/3 or more of wages that comp doesn't cover. Good luck!

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