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INJURED IN A STATE OTHER THAN GEORGIA OR TENNESSEE?

Workers’ compensation laws are different in each state. Generally, workers’ compensation laws are supposed to provide medical benefits and some form of disability benefits for workers injured on the job. Benefits vary greatly from state to state.

There may be a choice as to which state’s law applies

If a person works in one state and is injured in another state, particularly if the employer has a place of business in that state also, or if the employee was hired in another state, there may be a choice as to which state in which to file the claim. It is important to obtain legal advice as to your rights and obligations in the event of an injury on the job.

Truck drivers often have a choice of law

Because over the road truck drivers may be hired in one state, dispatched from another state and then be involved in an accident in yet another state, two or more states may have jurisdiction over the case.  A commercial driver injured on the job should seek benefits in the state most favorable to his or her case.

We can compare benefits that may be available in Georgia or Tennessee with those available in other states that may also have jurisdiction.

Resources and links

Lots of information is available on websites maintained by state government agency responsible for administering the workers’ compensation system in that particular state.  Here are links to our neighboring states:

Bisected by the Tennessee River, bordering Georgia and Alabama, at the junction of three interstate highways, including the heavily traveled I-75 corridor, Chattanooga, Tennessee is both a historic railroad town and a modern transportation hub.  I-24 begins in Chattanooga running northwest toward Nashville, TN.  I-59 also begins just outside Chattanooga and runs south toward Birmingham, AL.  To the south, toward Atlanta along I-75, lies Dalton, GA a world center for the carpet and flooring industry. Chattanooga’s diversified economy includes the Volkswagen North American assembly plant, as well as insurance giants Blue Cross Blue Shield and Unum.  Chattanooga is also a major tourist destination attracting millions of visitors each year.  As a result, The Hamilton Firm LLC focus much of its work on representation of persons injured in trucking and transportation related cases as well as serious workplace injury cases.

Chattanooga is the headquarters for two of the nation’s major trucking companies, U.S. Xpress and Covenant Transport. And as crossroads city, Chattanooga ranks first in the nation among all metropolitan cities for the volume of freight moving through the city by truck (according to a recent freight study by Cambridge Systematics and reported in the Chattanooga Times Free Press). Problem areas include the interchanges as well as the entire section of I-24 from I-59 to I-75, and I-75 north to Cleveland, TN. Tractor trailers, while essential to a thriving economy, also present great risks to the traveling public if not operated safely by well trained professional drivers with well maintained equipment.

Chattanooga is also a rail hub for Norfolk Southern and CSX railroads.  Travel, transport and commerce by water, rail and road are essential to our lives and economy, but all the economic activity also brings traffic and congestion, which can lead to more wrecks, accidents and injuries.  This can be a volatile mix when combined with the high freight volume on tractor trailers traveling through or originating in the area.