There is no work environment that can be controlled enough to prevent every accident. When one’s working environment includes outdoor activities, then the possibility of a Tennessee worker suffering an on-the-job injury escalates due to the unpredictability of the actions of others. When an employee does suffer an illness or injury as a direct result of one’s duties, then he or she may be entitled to file a claim for benefits from the state’s workers’ compensation program.

Recently, a crew of sanitation workers were engaged in servicing their regularly assigned route. Their team consisted of a 42-year-old female driver and two men, aged 30 and 40, who were assigned to the rear of the truck. As they were working along a section of their route shortly after 7 a.m., the men observed a vehicle approaching in a manner that would lead to a collision with their vehicle.

The men took evasive action and jumped clear of the rear of the truck. Unfortunately, the collision sent debris flying toward one of them. He suffered serious leg injuries that were inflicted by the projectiles. Emergency crews transported him to a nearby medical center for treatment.

There were no reports of any other injuries to other individuals. The nature of the 40-year-old man’s injuries were undisclosed but were described as being severe. It is likely that he will be unable to to return to his duties until his wounds are sufficiently healed. He may be entitled to file a valid claim for benefits from the local workers’ compensation insurance program. Tennessee workers who have been injured on-the-job or suffered from an occupational illness may benefit from the assistance of an attorney who routinely files these claims to help them obtain the maximum allowable benefits in an efficient and timely manner.