The Appeals Board will also hear arguments in Cook v. Newton Nissan of Gallatin on February 22. After an expedited hearing, the trial court ordered the employer to offer a panel of pain management specialists, which panel must exclude a physician who had already seen the employee. The employer appealed. Arguments will start at 9:00 … Continue reading Third case added to February Oral Arguments
Memphis settlements canceled today
However, next week approvals will take place from 9-11 a.m. on Tuesday. On Wednesday and Thursday, the approval hours will be extended. They are available from 9 a.m. to noon. Thanks for your flexibility.
Memphis settlements canceled; expanded hours in Nashville
Chief Judge Switzer will be available for approvals from 8 a.m until 2 p.m. Central Time, today only.
In Re: Residents of Montgomery, Stewart, and Houston Counties
By Chief Judge Kenneth M. Switzer, Nashville There’s no place like home. Some people have to travel far from home for a settlement approval. Over the years, the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims has secured remote locations to hold settlement approval hearings. We’ve done this because our judges are located in eight cities across the … Continue reading In Re: Residents of Montgomery, Stewart, and Houston Counties
Memphis Settlements Canceled Today
Memphis settlements are canceled today due to inclement weather. Be careful on the roads if you must go out.
A Word About Settlement Filing Fees
By Judge Dale Tipps, Murfreesboro We’re nice people. Really, we are. (Except for that one person, and they know who they are.) So whenever possible, the Court tries to be accommodating to the folks who need our services. This is why, in the past, we occasionally allowed defense counsel to pay a filing fee after … Continue reading A Word About Settlement Filing Fees
No settlements statewide next Monday through Wednesday
The Judges will be attending the Bureau's Educational Conference in Murfreesboro. Hope to see you there. As a reminder, please check the hours and procedures for settlements before scheduling them. Thanks. West Tennessee crepe myrtle fares well in the summer heat. Photo by Judge Deana Seymour, Memphis.
Board Sets Oral Arguments in Two Cases
On August 10, the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board will hold oral argument in a pair of cases regarding an employee’s entitlement to medical benefits while treating for their work injuries. In both cases, the trial courts had to weigh conflicting expert opinions over medical causation and ultimately found in favor of the injured worker. … Continue reading Board Sets Oral Arguments in Two Cases
The Bureau is Closed on April 15
In observance of Good Friday, Bureau offices will be closed.
The Bureau is closed today to honor Veterans
We’ll see some of you next week
Next week, the Bureau of Workers' Compensation will host the 2021 Educational Conference in Murfreesboro. You may attend in-person November 1-3 or on demand starting November 15 through December 3. This year's theme is "Be the Change." It's not too late to register. Next Tuesday will see the premiere of the Court of Workers' Compensation … Continue reading We’ll see some of you next week
Bureau Seeks Nominations for Sue Ann Head Award for Excellence in Workers’ Compensation
The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is accepting nominations for the Third 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, … Continue reading Bureau Seeks Nominations for Sue Ann Head Award for Excellence in Workers’ Compensation
Take care of Yourselves and Others
By Judge Joshua Davis Baker, Nashville Today marks an important milestone in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States, as vaccinations are now available to some. This is encouraging news; yet, we still have a long way to go before the world returns to “normal.” We’re all familiar with the physical health … Continue reading Take care of Yourselves and Others
Telephonic settlement approvals will continue through August
Thanks for your continued flexibility. Click here and here for more information on the process, which we previously conveyed. Be safe, everyone.
Guidance as in-person hearings resume
By Chief Judge Kenneth Switzer, Nashville “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You haven’t.” --Thomas Edison Right now, we’re all … Continue reading Guidance as in-person hearings resume
Remembering Those Who Died at Work
By Judge Brian Addington, Gray Wow, April 28th came and passed, and nothing really seemed to be going on because of the COVID-19 mess we are in right now. But, did you know that April 28th is actually a day of remembrance? In the United States, it is called Workers’ Memorial Day. In Canada, it’s … Continue reading Remembering Those Who Died at Work
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
The Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims and COVID-19: A Measured Response
By Chief Judge Kenneth M. Switzer, Nashville “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” John Donne, Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, 1624 Indeed, this past week we have … Continue reading The Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims and COVID-19: A Measured Response
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
Nashville and Cookeville offices closed today
The Nashville office of the Bureau of Workers' Compensation is closed today because the building has no power and is deemed uninhabitable. The Cookeville office is also closed today. All other offices are open. We'll post updates. Thank you for your patience.