Gray welcomes students for Workers’ Comp 101

By Judge Brian Addington, Gray It was a pleasure to host the Tennessee Avenue Christian Academy BETA club at the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Gray location on January 22nd. Eight students and two teachers attended the first “Workers’ Comp 101” class. What is that, you ask? It’s a high school/college level one-hour introduction to workers’ … Continue reading Gray welcomes students for Workers’ Comp 101

Supreme Court Panel Opinions, 2019

By Jane Salem, staff attorney, Nashville Welcome back once again to our review of last year’s workers’ compensation appellate opinions. This article will summarize the 2019 opinions from the Tennessee Supreme Court Special Workers’ Compensation Panel. First up are appeals from the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims applying the “new law.” Then I’ll mention a … Continue reading Supreme Court Panel Opinions, 2019

Appeals Board simplifies notice procedure with new form

Starting now, parties who wish to appeal an opinion from the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims with the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board may use this new form to initiate the appeal. The new form means the Board is doing away with the two separate forms it currently uses (Compensation Hearing Notice of Appeal-LB-1103, and … Continue reading Appeals Board simplifies notice procedure with new form

Revisiting 2019 Appeals Board Decisions

By Jane Salem, staff attorney, Nashville Welcome back to our annual year-in-review series of articles. This post will look at last year’s Appeals Board cases on compensability, defenses, civil procedure, evidence, and fees. Starting with compensability, the Board found no exception to the Coming-and-Going rule in Smith v. Macy’s Corp. Servs. The employee suffered injuries … Continue reading Revisiting 2019 Appeals Board Decisions

Bureau to host Medical Education Conference

The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will host its annual Physician Education Conference on Saturday, February 29, 2020. This one-day conference will be held at the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation main office in Nashville. 220 French Landing Drive. Among the topics are: Risks of Long Term Opioids Marijuana Update for Tennessee Alternatives to Opioids in … Continue reading Bureau to host Medical Education Conference

Governor Lee Appoints new Appeals Board Judge

Abbie Hudgens, administrator of the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, announced today that Gov. Bill Lee has appointed a new Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board Judge, Pele Godkin. Ms. Godkin is a former workers’ compensation specialist in what was then called the Division of Workers’ Compensation in both the Nashville and Murfreesboro offices. In 2008 she … Continue reading Governor Lee Appoints new Appeals Board Judge

If you build it…

The film “Field of Dreams” launched the phrase, “If you build it, they will come.” We hope our dream is realized with new settlement approval locations, set to begin in 2020. In a previous post, we announced new locations in Clarksville and Dresden. We asked that anyone who is interested in taking advantage of these … Continue reading If you build it…

Appeals Board issues opinion on competing experts

On Monday, the Appeals Board released its opinion in Sharee Clay v. Signature Healthcare. The Board heard argument in the case on Oct. 1. It affirmed Judge Joshua Davis Baker’s compensation hearing order. The case asked the Board to consider the trial court’s decision to exclude Signature Healthcare’s expert testimony as hearsay, finding that counsel … Continue reading Appeals Board issues opinion on competing experts

Appeals Board affirms opinion on admissibility of ‘self-taught’ expert’s testimony, clarifies discovery rights

Today the Appeals Board affirmed a trial court decision denying a motion in limine that sought to exclude an expert’s deposition testimony because the physician had no training in use of the AMA Guides and stated at one point that she could not recall how she arrived at her rating. In Ailshie v. TN Farm … Continue reading Appeals Board affirms opinion on admissibility of ‘self-taught’ expert’s testimony, clarifies discovery rights

Next Step Program Specialist Announced

The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has appointed its inaugural position for the new Next Step Program. Marion Southall White was hired as the first Vocational Recovery Specialist for the Next Step Program. Marion comes from a career development background with the Institute for Career Development for the United Steelworkers. She brings years of manufacturing … Continue reading Next Step Program Specialist Announced