Which State law applies to my case?

Since all laws dealing with workers compensation situations are unique, it can rough trying to figure out which ones are relevant to your specific case. Some states may give a worker more payment options than Tennessee does and some states may offer less. These types of circumstances come up when a person drives or is on the road for a good part of their employment. Some of the positions where this occurs most often might be with vehicle drivers, salespeople, and workers involved in production. It is easier to figure out which laws are relevant to the case if you know in which state the supervisor or boss lives, as well as what state the worker lives, where the worker was hired, and where the worker got hurt on the job. It is usually not hard to figure out which laws are relevant to the case, once we know this information. We handle many workers compensation cases in Tennessee from people all across the country. The Higgins Firm handles the whole case from Tennessee in order to make it more convenient on our clients. Computers, telephones, and other technology allow us to stay in contact with our clients wherever they may be located.


Most of the time this question is easy to answer.  If the employee worked in Tennessee, the injury occurred in Tennessee and the employer is in Tennessee then it is a Tennessee Workers Comp Case.  This question becomes more complicated when the employee is working for an out of state employer or the injury occurs out of state.  When that happens here is what the law requires.

INJURED OUTSIDE OF TENNESSEE:  If an employee is injured while working outside the state, the Tennessee Workers Compensation can still apply if the employee would have been entitled to Tennessee benefits had the injury occurred in Tennessee.  As such, to qualify the employment must have been principally localized in Tennessee or the contract for hire must have been made in Tennessee.

WORKING FOR AN OUT OF STATE EMPLOYER:  If the injury occurs in Tennessee but the employer is out of state the court will generally look to where the contract for hire occurred. when determining if Tennessee law applies.  This can be complicated.  Did the interview occur in Tennessee? Did the acceptance of the offer happen in Tennessee or did the employee contact an out of state employer and offer to work for them?  These and multiple other factors will be considered by the court. As such, if you are uncertain as to what state law applies to your claim you should contact one of our experienced workers compensation lawyers.


As set forth previously, each state has different workers compensation benefits available to injured workers. Some states have better benefits than others.  Also, in  some cases an employee will have a choice between different state laws that could apply to their case.  Since the benefits can be so different it is important to explore the applicable state laws before you decide how to proceed. It is also important to note that if you accept benefits under a specific state law without objection you may be stuck with those benefits.  As such, an injured worker should contact a workers compensation lawyer early to decide what is in your best interest.

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