Taking the next step after benefits end

By Brian Holmes, Director, Mediation and Ombudsman Services of Tennessee, Nashville The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation recently launched the Next Step Program. This new program assists injured workers who are unable to return to their pre-injury employment. Many receive their workers’ compensation benefits and are unsure how they will support their families in the future. … Continue reading Taking the next step after benefits end

Slip sliding away

By Judge Brian Addington, Gray I was sitting in our car in Nashville years ago when I heard a catchy tune from Paul Simon, Slip Sliding Away. I later learned the Oak Ridge Boys backed him up. I really liked that song, but I was used to hearing the Oak Ridge Boys sing gospel. I … Continue reading Slip sliding away

Panel probes undocumented workers’ eligibility for increased benefits

By Jane Salem, staff attorney, Nashville Can undocumented injured workers collect increased permanent partial disability benefits in Tennessee under section 50-6-207(3)(B)? A Special Workers’ Compensation Panel of the Tennessee Supreme Court considered that question at oral arguments on November 19. Employee Salvador Sandoval asked the Panel to strike as unconstitutional the provision within the statute … Continue reading Panel probes undocumented workers’ eligibility for increased benefits

You’re Invited!

The Clerk of the Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims, Penny Shrum, is holding training on TNComp at three locations in December.  There may be a surprise guest. The goal is to train lawyers, paralegals and legal assistants on how to upload documents to TNComp.  We will also discuss filings with the Court. Please mark … Continue reading You’re Invited!

Mediation and Ombudsman Services of Tennessee welcomes new staff

By Brian Holmes, Nashville The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation continues our tradition of hiring high-quality talent to the mediation program. We’re pleased to announce that Sam Keen, Derrick Shorter and George Maifair recently joined the Bureau as workers’ compensation mediators. Sam joined the Bureau last month. He previously worked as a staff attorney with … Continue reading Mediation and Ombudsman Services of Tennessee welcomes new staff

See you next week

The public hearing on the proposed revisions to the Mediation and Hearing Procedures for the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims is Tuesday, October 30,  at 10:00 a.m. Central Time at the Bureau of Workers' Compensation in the Tennessee Room, 220 French Landing Drive in Nashville. This is your opportunity to voice your opinion. Members of … Continue reading See you next week