Oral arguments revisit willful misconduct under Mitchell

By Sarah Byrne, staff attorney, Nashville The Tennessee Supreme Court Special Workers’ Compensation Panel, Middle Section, heard arguments on March 25 in Corey Bunton v. Sanderson Pipe Corp., a willful misconduct case appealed from the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims. From the employee-appellant’s perspective, the Bunton facts illustrate what the Mitchell dissent predicted: the four-factor … Continue reading Oral arguments revisit willful misconduct under Mitchell

High court considers ‘meaningful return to work’

By Sarah Byrne, Staff Attorney, Nashville The Tennessee Supreme Court held oral arguments Oct. 4 in Christopher Batey v. Deliver This, Inc. Issues included the admissibility of the Physician Certification Form for “extraordinary relief” under the escape clause in Tenn. Code Ann. section 50-6-242(a)(2) and the definition of “extraordinary.” But the primary issue was whether … Continue reading High court considers ‘meaningful return to work’