By Judge Audrey Headrick, Chattanooga Cambridge Dictionary defines “silver lining” as “an advantage that comes from a difficult or unpleasant situation.” Since March 2020, it’s not always been easy to see any positives that resulted from the pandemic. The pandemic is still with us, and the end doesn’t seem to be in sight. When reading … Continue reading Finding the Silver Linings
By Judge Audrey Headrick, Chattanooga As a military wife, I have often thought about the misunderstandings that many people have regarding Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day, previously known as Decoration Day, occurs on the last Monday of May, and Veterans Day is on November 11. Surprisingly, many people don’t understand the significant difference … Continue reading Understanding Memorial Day
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
By Judge Audrey Headrick, Chattanooga I don’t know about you, but I struggle daily with balancing work and family life. When I feel like I’m being an awesome mom, I feel guilty that I’m not working hard enough at my job, and vice versa. On those rare occasions when I feel like I am doing … Continue reading The Balancing Act
By Judge Audrey Headrick, Chattanooga After reading Judge Brian Addington’s post about “The Lovable, Stubborn Mule,” I felt compelled to write about man’s best friend—dogs. I have to admit that I wasn’t always enamored with dogs. When I was a small child, I was bitten in an unprovoked attack by a bulldog. I thought I … Continue reading Who Let the Dogs Out?
By Judge Audrey Headrick, Chattanooga The Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims recently welcomed attorneys with Open Arms for coffee and conversation about the Court’s rules, processes, etc. We were pleased with attendance and the Straight Up feedback you gave us. Among the concerns you voiced was how to handle medical records. Let’s go Back in … Continue reading How will I know what to do with medical records?
By Judge Audrey Headrick, Chattanooga Do you love Wikipedia? Perhaps you’re a loyal reader of The Onion? Maybe you even cite to Wikipedia in briefs as a source for medical diagnoses/procedures or utilize it as a dictionary to define terms? If so, I have three cautionary words for you: Don’t. Do. It! Yes, I know … Continue reading Stick with the old reliables
By Judges Joshua Davis Baker, Nashville, and Audrey Headrick, Chattanooga The federal government established a means for parties to settle medical benefits in what is termed a Medicare Set-Aside Arrangement or "MSA." These arrangements are submitted to and approved by Medicare (if you have the patience to wait long enough) and cover what is anticipated … Continue reading Settling Cases with Medicare Set-Aside Agreements
By Judge Audrey Headrick, Chattanooga As a working mom, I’m always thinking about time-saving ways that I can plan ahead for a meal. On a recent drive to work, I thought about my homemade lasagna that everyone in my family loves. Lasagna isn’t hard to make, and I’ve made my recipe so many times that … Continue reading You gotta eat!
By Judge Audrey Headrick, Chattanooga Did you know that workers’ compensation judges have statutory authority to issue penalties in two situations? The first situation where workers’ compensation judges may issue penalties is pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated section 50-6-118(d) (2015). It states as follows: If an employee receives a settlement, judgment or decree under this … Continue reading Be Aware of Reform Act Penalty Provisions