Memphis Settlements: New Process and a Satellite Location

By Chief Judge Kenneth M. Switzer, Nashville Memphis, Nashville, and Murfreesboro conduct the most settlement approvals in Tennessee. Memphis has presented difficulties for some time now with providing enough settlement times to accommodate the large volume. The location and accessibility of the Memphis office unfortunately complicate the matter. We’ve long heard stories of difficulty finding … Continue reading Memphis Settlements: New Process and a Satellite Location

Gerichtshof verabschiedet AuslegungsprotokollGerichtshof nimmt Auslegung an

Von Chief Judge Kenneth M. Switzer, Nashville Im vergangenen November veröffentlichten wir einen Artikel über die Bedeutung der richtigen Interpretation während der Gerichtsverhandlungen - nicht nur Vergleiche, sondern auch beschleunigte Anhörungen und Entschädigungsanhörungen. Zuvor haben wir einige hybride Interpretationen zugelassen. Wir haben Konversationsdolmetschen, Simultanübersetzungen und geteilte Dolmetschungen erlaubt (bei denen der Mitarbeiter teilweise seine Sprache … Continue reading Gerichtshof verabschiedet AuslegungsprotokollGerichtshof nimmt Auslegung an

Remember to Set Approvals at Remote Locations

By Chief Judge Kenneth M. Switzer, Nashville A quick reminder that the Court returns to in-person settlements this week across the state at our regional courtrooms. In addition, we remind of the following remote locations, with dates and contact information. Judge Addington: Hamblen County, first Wednesday each month from 9 a.m. Eastern Time to noon … Continue reading Remember to Set Approvals at Remote Locations

Amended rules take effect NOW

By Chief Judge Kenneth M. Switzer, Nashville The Workers’ Compensation Law grants the administrator rule-making authority. That authority extends to the rules governing the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims and Alternative Dispute Resolution. As we’ve promised, we review those rules constantly and make amendments to them about every two years. The last amendments were effective … Continue reading Amended rules take effect NOW

In Re: Accurate, Quality Court Interpretation

By Chief Judge Kenneth M. Switzer, Nashville The Bureau’s annual educational conference took place two weeks ago and always produces several hidden gems. One that I found most intriguing was the session on interpretation. Interpreters have become an important part of the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims over the last seven years. During that time, … Continue reading In Re: Accurate, Quality Court Interpretation

Surprised by Hope

By Chief Judge Kenneth M. Switzer, Nashville “Surprised by Hope” is a book by well-known theologian, Tom Wright. An interesting read if you’re so inclined. I, too, am “surprised by hope"--the hope that someday soon we can get back to the normality of in-person settlements. That normality seems to be ever-moving forward, as the virus … Continue reading Surprised by Hope

The Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims and Settlement Approvals–Optimistic but Cautious

By Chief Judge Kenneth M. Switzer, Nashville We are now completing our fifth week of all telephonic settlement approvals. As a previous post stated, the hearings are going very well. The Governor has now relaxed the stay-at-home directive. Attempts are being made to restart businesses and return to “normal” while keeping some common-sense restrictions in … Continue reading The Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims and Settlement Approvals–Optimistic but Cautious

Staying the Course

By Chief Judge Kenneth M. Switzer, Nashville We’re working remotely but still doing our best to provide top-notch customer service in line with the mission statement of the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims. Just yesterday, Governor Lee announced that state employees who are currently working from home should continue doing so through April 24. So … Continue reading Staying the Course

Weathering the storm

By Chief Judge Kenneth M. Switzer, Nashville As you all know, we recently experienced business interruption at the Nashville office due to the tornado. Comparatively speaking, this was just a minor inconvenience. Many people lost everything, and 25 persons lost their lives. When we look at things in those terms, we realize that missing a … Continue reading Weathering the storm