Calling for your settlement approval or other hearing

As we prepare for the beginning of telephonic settlement approval hearings next week, we’d like to remind you of the telephone numbers our judges and staff use for conference calls, listed below. Location JUDGES Toll-Free Local CHATTANOOGA Audrey Headrick 855-383-0001 423-634-0164 CHATTANOOGA Thomas Wyatt 855-747-1721 615-741-3061 MEMPHIS Rhoberta Orsland 855-543-5045 901-543-2669 MEMPHIS Deana Seymour 866-943-0014 … Continue reading Calling for your settlement approval or other hearing

Appeals Board schedules next oral arguments in Knoxville

The Tennessee Workers' Compensation Appeals Board will hold its next set of oral arguments on March 24, 2020, at the Supreme Court Building in Knoxville. On the (very full) docket are: Johnston v. Sisken Steel & Supply Co.: The Employer is challenging medical causation and an award of permanent total disability benefits in an occupational … Continue reading Appeals Board schedules next oral arguments in Knoxville

Update on Cookeville

The Cookeville office is open, but they have no Internet or phone service. All previously-scheduled settlement approvals and telephone hearings will proceed. For scheduling this week during the service outage, contact Patsy Bumbalough in the Murfreesboro office. She can be reached at  (615) 848-6743 or patsy.bumbalough@tn.gov. We'll let you know when service is restored. Thanks.

We’re back

We are pleased to let you know that the Nashville office is open and operating at full capacity. To make up for those lost settlement approvals, and as promised, for THIS WEEK ONLY, we will do settlement approvals from 8-11 and 1–3:30 every day. No need to call or schedule. Just show up, and we … Continue reading We’re back

Bureau Seeks Nominations for Sue Ann Head Award for Excellence in Workers’ Compensation

The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is accepting nominations for the Second Annual Sue Ann Head Award for Excellence in Workers’ Compensation. Nominees must have been involved in the Tennessee workers’ compensation system for a minimum of five years in one of the following categories: employer or employer’s representative, employee representative, service provider, claims professional, medical … Continue reading Bureau Seeks Nominations for Sue Ann Head Award for Excellence in Workers’ Compensation

Appeals Board simplifies notice procedure with new form

Starting now, parties who wish to appeal an opinion from the Court of Workers' Compensation Claims with the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Appeals Board may use this new form to initiate the appeal. The new form means the Board is doing away with the two separate forms it currently uses (Compensation Hearing Notice of Appeal-LB-1103, and … Continue reading Appeals Board simplifies notice procedure with new form

Bureau to host Medical Education Conference

The Tennessee Bureau of Workers' Compensation will host its annual Physician Education Conference on Saturday, February 29, 2020. This one-day conference will be held at the Bureau of Workers' Compensation main office in Nashville. 220 French Landing Drive. Among the topics are: Risks of Long Term Opioids Marijuana Update for Tennessee Alternatives to Opioids in … Continue reading Bureau to host Medical Education Conference

Governor Lee Appoints new Appeals Board Judge

Abbie Hudgens, administrator of the Tennessee Bureau of Workers' Compensation, announced today that Gov. Bill Lee has appointed a new Workers' Compensation Appeals Board Judge, Pele Godkin. Ms. Godkin is a former workers’ compensation specialist in what was then called the Division of Workers’ Compensation in both the Nashville and Murfreesboro offices. In 2008 she … Continue reading Governor Lee Appoints new Appeals Board Judge

If you build it…

The film "Field of Dreams" launched the phrase, "If you build it, they will come." We hope our dream is realized with new settlement approval locations, set to begin in 2020. In a previous post, we announced new locations in Clarksville and Dresden. We asked that anyone who is interested in taking advantage of these … Continue reading If you build it…

Appeals Board issues opinion on competing experts

On Monday, the Appeals Board released its opinion in Sharee Clay v. Signature Healthcare. The Board heard argument in the case on Oct. 1. It affirmed Judge Joshua Davis Baker's compensation hearing order. The case asked the Board to consider the trial court's decision to exclude Signature Healthcare's expert testimony as hearsay, finding that counsel … Continue reading Appeals Board issues opinion on competing experts

Appeals Board affirms opinion on admissibility of ‘self-taught’ expert’s testimony, clarifies discovery rights

Today the Appeals Board affirmed a trial court decision denying a motion in limine that sought to exclude an expert's deposition testimony because the physician had no training in use of the AMA Guides and stated at one point that she could not recall how she arrived at her rating. In Ailshie v. TN Farm … Continue reading Appeals Board affirms opinion on admissibility of ‘self-taught’ expert’s testimony, clarifies discovery rights

Next Step Program Specialist Announced

The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has appointed its inaugural position for the new Next Step Program. Marion Southall White was hired as the first Vocational Recovery Specialist for the Next Step Program. Marion comes from a career development background with the Institute for Career Development for the United Steelworkers. She brings years of manufacturing … Continue reading Next Step Program Specialist Announced