The History of the Judicial Code of Ethics

By Hon. David Langham, Deputy Chief Judge, Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims, Pensacola Blog administrator’s note: All judges of the Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims are active members of the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary, and all have benefitted from attending the association’s educational programming at one time or another. This … Continue reading The History of the Judicial Code of Ethics

Appeals Board Releases Two Opinions from October Oral Arguments

By Jane Salem, staff attorney, Nashville Earlier this week, the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board affirmed a pair of trial court rulings about an employer’s right to a medical examination and the exclusion of expert testimony when an attorney didn’t comply with a scheduling deadline. The Board held oral argument in both cases last month. … Continue reading Appeals Board Releases Two Opinions from October Oral Arguments

What’s New at the Appeals Board?

We’re glad you asked! First, on Monday, new rules became effective that govern the appeals process for both interlocutory appeals and compensation order appeals. They are available here. The rules didn’t revise any deadlines or make other significant substantive changes, but they now incorporate the Board’s former Practices and Procedures into the administrative rules. Second, … Continue reading What’s New at the Appeals Board?

Board Clarifies Date of Injury in Mental Injury Claim for Jurisdictional Purposes

By Jane Salem, staff attorney, Nashville Last week, the Appeals Board ruled on an issue of first impression that the date of injury in mental injury claims for jurisdictional purposes is the date of the identifiable work-related event or events resulting in a sudden or unusual stimulus. The ruling rejected an injured worker’s contention that … Continue reading Board Clarifies Date of Injury in Mental Injury Claim for Jurisdictional Purposes

A Summer-y Blog Post on Summary Judgment

By Judge Dale Tipps, Murfreesboro This article will tackle a very “august” topic: tips for your next summary judgment motion. Summary judgment traces its roots back to England as a means of hastening litigation and potentially the disposition of cases, principally debtor-creditor actions. Its first codification occurred in 1855 when Parliament passed the Keating Act. … Continue reading A Summer-y Blog Post on Summary Judgment

Announcing a New, Temporary Location for Chattanooga Trials

By Judge Audrey Headrick, Chattanooga With COVID-19 and the advent of social distancing, we’ve been looking for a better location for Chattanooga regional trials. If you’ve ever visited the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims Chattanooga courtroom, you know it’s a bit “cozy.” Unfortunately, it’s too cozy for us to conduct trials during the pandemic and … Continue reading Announcing a New, Temporary Location for Chattanooga Trials

Take Note of Recent Amendments to the Statute

By Judge Pamela B. Johnson, Knoxville Periodically, the legislature tweaks the statutes related to the Workers’ Compensation Law. This legislative session was no exception. Full-text of the amendments is here. Three noteworthy changes were made. The first two added to the calculation of deadlines. The last allowed a previous change to “sunset.” These changes are … Continue reading Take Note of Recent Amendments to the Statute

Bureau Announces Virtual Educational Conference

A while back, we announced with great disappointment that our annual educational conference was canceled. But now we have fantastic news: We’ve discovered a way to present a great conference without the worries of bringing 600-plus attendees together. We’ll be teaming with Select Medical to host a virtual conference. Save the dates–October 24-30–although it’s not … Continue reading Bureau Announces Virtual Educational Conference

A Few Thoughts on Non-Dispositive Motions

By Judge Pamela B. Johnson, Knoxville A few years ago, due to a significant increase in motion practice in the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims, we established rules for dispositive and non-dispositive motions to give practitioners some parameters. The rule’s latest iteration is Tennessee Compilation Rules and Regulations 0800-02-21-.18 (August, 2019), and it’s available here—just … Continue reading A Few Thoughts on Non-Dispositive Motions