Governor’s Office Seeks Applicants for Appeals Board Judgeship

Gov. Bill Lee’s Office announced yesterday that they are accepting applications to fill the judgeship currently held by the Honorable David Hensley, who will retire at the end of March. Applicants must be licensed Tennessee attorneys in good standing, age 30 or older, and have seven or more years of experience in workers’ compensation law. … Continue reading Governor’s Office Seeks Applicants for Appeals Board Judgeship

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

Year in Review: Appeals Board, part one

By Jane Salem, staff attorney, Nashville Welcome back to a review of 2021’s appellate opinions. In this article, we’ll recap the Appeals Board opinions involving course and scope, medical causation and reasonable necessity, including utilization review, and an opinion about the Medical Impairment Rating Registry. But first… please read the opinions! Because I’ll mention just … Continue reading Year in Review: Appeals Board, part one

Let it snow!

We’re still proceeding with all scheduled telephone settlement approvals, today and tomorrow, despite the weather and closure of state offices.

Deadlines matter

By Judge Lisa Lowe, Knoxville If you’re in need of a New Year’s resolution, here’s a great one to work on: managing your time in 2022. Of course we see many lawyers who are already very proficient in this realm. These are the ones who call on day 59 after a dispute certification notice has … Continue reading Deadlines matter

Holiday hours

We’ll be closed December 23, 24, 31, 2021, and January 3, 2022. But TNComp never takes a break; you may still file documents at any time. Happy holidays.

Pandemic order rescinded

In 2020 and last May, the Chief Judge of the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims issued orders regarding health and safety procedures for in-person hearings. Those orders are now rescinded, given the passage of Title 14, COVID-19, of the Tennessee Code. Please read the latest order.

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

Bureau Adopts new Teleheath Rules and Choice of Physicians Form

By Judge Dale Tipps, Murfreesboro Telehealth has officially arrived, with the adoption of new “Telehealth for Workers’ Compensation” rules. The rules may be found here. “Telehealth” means “the distribution of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies.” Telehealth, a/k/a telemedicine, has been around for a while, but its acceptance and use increased … Continue reading Bureau Adopts new Teleheath Rules and Choice of Physicians Form