Workers’ Compensation Law

Manier & Herod has been at the forefront of workers’ compensation law since the passage of the initial Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Act in 1919.  Manier & Herod represents many major insurance carriers, self-insured corporations and third-party administrators in defending claims for workers’ compensation benefits.

The firm’s workers’ compensation practice group has been instrumental in drafting and negotiating the  many legislative changes made to the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Act including the Reform Act of 1992 and several major changes that became effective in 2009 and 2011.  The group has been nationally recognized as a leader in workers’ compensation law and has been chosen to represent Tennessee in the Workers’ Compensation Institute’s annual multi-state conference in Orlando, Florida.

Speaking Engagements

Manier & Herod attorneys are regularly called upon to speak and present at various conferences and seminars across the nation.  The firm speaks annually at conferences across the South, providing legislative and case law updates as well as practical information for workers’ compensation practitioners.  Notably, beginning in 2010, Manier & Herod was chosen to serve as the one firm representing Tennessee at the annual multistate Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference in Orlando, Florida.  Now in its 68th year, the conference is a must-attend event for executives, risk managers, claims adjusters, insurers, and medical and legal experts. Presented by the Workers’ Compensation Institute, the conference offers attendees an extraordinary opportunity to connect with their peers and learn from nationally recognized experts including Manier & Herod attorneys.  To learn more about the conference and the Workers’ Compensation Institute, visit The 2013 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference will be held August 18-21 at the Orlando World Center Marriott, and registration for the conference is now open.


Resources for Clients

Manier & Herod’s workers’ compensation practice group strives to provide access to valuable resources to its clients.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has released Proposed Rules and Regulations, which will be implemented in their final form when the new Worker’s Compensation Act becomes effective on July 1, 2014.  The proposed rules can be found at the following web address:

The proposed regulations cover the following topics:

  • the ombudsman program
  • employer and employee representation by counsel
  • implementation of a mandatory filing fee of $150, payable at the conclusion of each case
  • the commencement and proceedings of alternative dispute resolution
  • obtaining medical records, depositions and other discovery
  • compensation hearings
  • settlement approvals
  • appeal procedures 

Please contact any Manier & Herod attorney with your questions about these Proposed Rules and Regulations.

Chad Caldwell of Express Scripts compiled a list of all Schedule 2, 3, and 4 controlled substances which are subject to Utilization Review pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated Section 50-6-102(17) and 50-6-204(j)(5).  The list is available for download here:  Controlled Substances List


Manier & Herod’s workers’ compensation practice group has authored four editions of TENNESSEE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE.  First published in 1994 by the Tennessee Association of Business, the guide is a practical handbook intended for use by business people, claims adjusters, insurers, and other clients who are confronted daily with issues pertaining to workers’ compensation claims.  The firm has published four editions of the book, each coinciding with major changes in the law.  The fourth edition was published in January 2012, and includes information about many significant legislative changes that took effect in June 2011.  To request a copy of the book, please contact Annette Fountain (

The firm also publishes a workers’ compensation newsletter, which is distributed to its clients and other interested parties.  The newsletter summarizes recent legislative, administrative, and judicial developments in workers’ compensation and provides guidance on how those developments affect the workers’ compensation practice.


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