How will I know what to do with medical records?

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?

Settling Cases with Medicare Set-Aside Agreements

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

Be Aware of Reform Act Penalty Provisions

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