Celebrating 100 years of Workers’ Compensation in Tennessee

By Judge Allen Phillips, Jackson In 1919, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the “Workmen’s Compensation Act.” Thus began the first century of what has been called the “Grand Bargain” in our state: employers providing benefits to injured workers without regard to fault, and in exchange the worker recovering only those benefits set forth in the … Continue reading Celebrating 100 years of Workers’ Compensation in Tennessee

I’ll be Brief…

By Judge Allen Phillips Lawyers often file briefs in advance of evidentiary hearings, some of which are very helpful toward clarifying the issues, highlighting the critical evidence and identifying the applicable law. Other briefs are not so helpful; in fact, the word "kafka-esque" comes to mind. It's that second category that inspired this post about … Continue reading I’ll be Brief…

File Review Expedited Hearings: An Efficient Process for Resolution

By Judge Allen Phillips, JacksonWhen there is a dispute over medical and/or temporary benefits, the expedited hearing process provides an avenue for efficient resolution. This post will detail the process with an emphasis on a “file review” expedited hearing.Rule 0800-02-21-.14 (scroll to page 9) provides the procedure for Expedited Hearings. First and foremost, it must be … Continue reading File Review Expedited Hearings: An Efficient Process for Resolution