The Energy Workers’ Legal Resource Center, PLLC is a legal firm with a focus on the representation of former and current workers at the Oak Ridge Department of Energy facilities. Our offices are located in the Jackson Plaza Office Complex at 800 Oak Ridge Turnpike; Suite B-102 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

The Energy Workers Legal Resource Center, PLLC is staffed by attorney Chris Hayes. Mr. Hayes has practiced law in the Oak Ridge/Knoxville area since graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law with Honors in 1986. He is a former Department of Energy contractor employee at the K-25 Site and the Y-12 National Security Complex. His primary areas of practice include workers’ compensation, personal injury, products liability, toxic torts and wrongful death claims. In addition to litigating matters in the Tennessee State Courts and the United States District Courts, Chris has appellate experience before the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Tennessee Court of Appeals and the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Mr. Hayes is a member and past-president of the Anderson County Bar Association, the American Inns of Court, the Knoxville Bar Association and Tennessee Bar Association. Mr. Hayes is not certified as a civil trial specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. Certification in workers’ compensation is currently not available by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.

The Oak Ridge, Tennessee Department of Energy Complex is composed primarily of the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant (often referred to as K-25 or the East Tennessee Technology Park); the Oak Ridge National Laboratory – ORNL (often referred to as X-10) and the Y-12 National Security Complex (often referred to as Y-12). These DOE facilities have existed since the 1940s and have been tasked by the United States Government with a number of important national security missions over the years.

Our office is committed to providing aggressive representation of our clients an obtaining full and fair compensation for our clients. These issues involve the various Federal and State of Tennessee compensation programs that are available to Energy Department Contractor workers. These workers include employees of the prime Department of Energy Contractors such as Union Carbide, Martin Marietta, Lockheed Martin, Bechtel Jacobs Company, Wackenhut Services, UT Battelle and BWXT Y-12. Other Department of Energy Oak Ridge Complex employees include the numerous construction and other subcontractor workers.

Health conditions involved in these types of cases include asbestosis related lung disease, chronic beryllium disease, various cancers caused by toxic work exposures, accident and injuries in the workplace, gradually occurring work injuries, occupationally induced hearing loss any other work-related health condition. If you are a former or current worker at any of the Oak Ridge Department of Energy facilities and have developed a work-related health condition you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits including medical treatment for life.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss and evaluate your case. There is no charge for our consultation and evaluation of your claim. Attorney fees charged by our firm are “contingency fees” which means that if our clients do not receive compensation, then we do not receive attorney fees. If you are interested in our evaluation and consultation, please contact us at (865) 934-0928 for additional information or to schedule an appointment.