Board Considers Noncompliance, Letters to Experts

By Jane Salem, staff attorney, Nashville The Appeals Board released an opinion yesterday, reiterating the fairly well-settled parameters of medical noncompliance in the Workers’ Compensation Law. The decision also held that trial judges have an obligation to scrutinize letters seeking expert opinions for their accuracy regarding the facts and law.  In Marie Bailey v. Amazon, … Continue reading Board Considers Noncompliance, Letters to Experts

Direct and Natural Consequences Rule Remains Intact

By Jane Salem, staff attorney, Nashville The Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board ruled earlier this week that the Reform Act of 2013 didn’t affect the longstanding “direct and natural consequences rule” for causation. The Board additionally held that the trial court correctly admitted a vocational expert’s testimony into evidence, despite the fact that he destroyed … Continue reading Direct and Natural Consequences Rule Remains Intact

Year in Review: Appeals Board, part one

By Jane Salem, staff attorney, Nashville Welcome back to a review of 2021’s appellate opinions. In this article, we’ll recap the Appeals Board opinions involving course and scope, medical causation and reasonable necessity, including utilization review, and an opinion about the Medical Impairment Rating Registry. But first… please read the opinions! Because I’ll mention just … Continue reading Year in Review: Appeals Board, part one

Board clarifies ‘incapacity for work’ in occupational disease cases

By Jane Salem, staff attorney, Nashville Last week, the Appeals Board released an opinion clarifying that an employee may file a petition for workers’ compensation medical benefits for an alleged occupational disease even if that worker has remained on the job full-time since the alleged date of injury. The opinion also reminds of key differences … Continue reading Board clarifies ‘incapacity for work’ in occupational disease cases

Medical case manager’s notes are discoverable

By Jane Salem, staff attorney, Nashville Earlier this week, the Appeals Board affirmed a trial court order that a nurse case manager’s notes be provided to an injured worker, rejecting the employer’s arguments that the notes are protected by the common interest doctrine, attorney-client privilege, or the work product doctrine. The opinion also clarified the … Continue reading Medical case manager’s notes are discoverable

Attorneys Clash over Nurse Case Managers, occupational injuries

By Jane Salem staff, attorney, Nashville Is a nurse case manager the employer’s “eyes and ears,” so that discussions between the nurse case manager and the employer’s attorney are privileged? Is summary judgment appropriate in an occupational disease claim when the injured worker hasn’t missed work and has no restrictions? The Appeals Board will answer … Continue reading Attorneys Clash over Nurse Case Managers, occupational injuries

Board Affirms Opinion on Reasonable Necessity of Treatment (But Splits on Fees)

By Jane Salem, staff attorney, Nashville On Friday, the Appeals Board released an opinion affirming a trial Court decision that a proposed treatment is reasonable and necessary when the treating physicians, who examined the injured worker, recommended it. The employer’s reliance on a utilization review opinion saying the employee was a “suboptimal candidate” for the … Continue reading Board Affirms Opinion on Reasonable Necessity of Treatment (But Splits on Fees)

Appeals Board Issues Key Evidence Opinions Regarding Medical Records

By Jane Salem, staff attorney, Nashville Within the past two weeks, the Appeals Board has made significant evidentiary rulings about the admissibility of Form C-32 and medical records. The opinions examined their admissibility at two different stages of the case, one at summary judgment and the other at an expedited hearing. The procedural posture makes … Continue reading Appeals Board Issues Key Evidence Opinions Regarding Medical Records

Appeals Board Instructs on Parking Lot Cases

By Jane Salem, Staff Attorney, Nashville Last week, the Appeals Board released an opinion affirming a trial court’s denial of summary judgment. The ruling focused on whether the movant met its burden of production. But also, the Board’s opinion revisited a significant Supreme Court ruling about injuries in parking lots, concluding that the case remains … Continue reading Appeals Board Instructs on Parking Lot Cases

Appeals Board Offers Summary Judgment Guidance

By Jane Salem, staff attorney, Nashville The Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board has issued two opinions on summary judgment that should be required reading for anyone moving for or opposing this type of motion. In both cases, the Board examined the moving parties’ pleadings closely and concluded that grants of summary judgment were improper because … Continue reading Appeals Board Offers Summary Judgment Guidance