Castalian Springs, TN asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Tennessee

Q: Wreck in company van with known brake issues couldnt stop n company fired me.

I use to work for dish network as a technican. 1 year ago the company van i was working out of had known brake issues every week i filled out a checklist saying what was wrong with my van they even at 1 time put me into another van for about a week. Because of the checklist i had marked it havin brake issues. Long story short i had a wreck in said van rear ended a car and have since been fired from company for that wreck do i have a case at all i went to dr had neck issues at the time comoany paid 4 that but i lost alot of money because of this.

1 Lawyer Answer
Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: You would have a worker's compensation claim. As to the termination, Tennessee is an employment at will state. They likely could not fire you for cause over the accident, but could potentially terminate you without cause if the cause of the accident was the defective brakes.

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