Panel upholds constitutionality of law foreclosing undocumented workers’ eligibility for increased PPD

Tennessee Code Annotated section 50-6-207(3)(F) does not allow additional permanent partial disability benefits to undocumented workers. An injured worker challenged the law in the Court of Workers' Compensation Claims, but the trial court determined it had no authority to determine the facial constitutionality of a statute. Yesterday the Tennessee Supreme Court Special Workers' Compensation Appeals … Continue reading Panel upholds constitutionality of law foreclosing undocumented workers’ eligibility for increased PPD

Supreme Court adopts Appeals Board decision on permanent partial disability benefits

Yesterday, the Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed an award of permanent partial disability benefits in Batey v. Deliver This, Inc.  The high court reviewed an opinion from the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Appeals Board holding that the trial court erred when it held that the employee's "pre-injury occupation" on the Physician Certification Form to mean the employee’s … Continue reading Supreme Court adopts Appeals Board decision on permanent partial disability benefits

Recapping the Supreme Court Panel Opinions 2018

By Jane Salem, staff attorney, Nashville I recently wrote a three-part series on the Appeals Board’s work last year, briefly summarizing dozens of appellate opinions. In contrast, in 2018, the Tennessee Supreme Court Special Workers’ Compensation Panel decided just eight post-Reform Act cases, along with many more “old law” opinions. It’s likely that the “new … Continue reading Recapping the Supreme Court Panel Opinions 2018

Still more Appeals Board Opinions from 2018

By Jane Salem, Staff Attorney, Nashville Hello again. In the last post, I promised a discussion of 2018’s significant evidence opinions from the Appeals Board, along with civil procedure cases, and, well, everything else. Starting with evidence, a pair of cases discussed the admissibility of the C-32 Standard Form Medical Report. In Watson v. Catlett … Continue reading Still more Appeals Board Opinions from 2018

Looking back at the Appeals Board’s 2018 Opinions

By Jane Salem, Staff Attorney, Nashville Happy New Year! Following tradition, it’s an appropriate time to look back at last year’s Appeals Board opinions in a series of blog posts. This post will recap the opinions on causation. The next will look at medical, temporary and permanent disability benefits, and defenses. After that, we’ll focus … Continue reading Looking back at the Appeals Board’s 2018 Opinions

High court considers ‘meaningful return to work’

By Sarah Byrne, Staff Attorney, Nashville The Tennessee Supreme Court held oral arguments Oct. 4 in Christopher Batey v. Deliver This, Inc. Issues included the admissibility of the Physician Certification Form for “extraordinary relief” under the escape clause in Tenn. Code Ann. section 50-6-242(a)(2) and the definition of “extraordinary.” But the primary issue was whether … Continue reading High court considers ‘meaningful return to work’

Panel probes undocumented workers’ eligibility for increased benefits

By Jane Salem, staff attorney, Nashville Can undocumented injured workers collect increased permanent partial disability benefits in Tennessee under section 50-6-207(3)(B)? A Special Workers’ Compensation Panel of the Tennessee Supreme Court considered that question at oral arguments on November 19. Employee Salvador Sandoval asked the Panel to strike as unconstitutional the provision within the statute … Continue reading Panel probes undocumented workers’ eligibility for increased benefits

Appeals Board Considers causation in ‘single step’ and heart attack cases

By Jane Salem, staff attorney, Nashville When an employee exited a building, missed the single step to the ground and fell, is her resulting injury compensable under the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Law? The Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board examined that question at its most recent oral arguments. Paul Nicks, the Germantown attorney representing the employer, … Continue reading Appeals Board Considers causation in ‘single step’ and heart attack cases

Appeals Board Sets Knoxville Oral Arguments, Revises Rules

The Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board recently set four cases for oral argument in Knoxville on April 26. Starting at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, the Board will take up Yeaman v. Kindred Health Care, where the Court denied a motion to dismiss for failure to prosecute. Afterward, counsel will argue whether the Court properly held … Continue reading Appeals Board Sets Knoxville Oral Arguments, Revises Rules

Nobody’s Perfect

In case you've been too busy to keep up with the Appeals Board's decisions of late, we thought this practice tip might be helpful. Several recent appellate opinions have contained a version of the following language: Section 50-6-217(a)(3) authorized us to reverse or modify a trial court’s decision if the rights of a party were … Continue reading Nobody’s Perfect

Looking Back, Part Two

By Jane Salem, Staff Attorney, Nashville Welcome back to the recap of the Appeals Board’s activities for the second half of 2017. Don’t forget that waiver you mentally signed last week. The Reform Act ushered in greater formality and (we hope) fairness into Tennessee workers’ compensation practice via the imposition of, or greater adherence to, … Continue reading Looking Back, Part Two

Looking Back at the 2017 Appeals Board Opinions, Part One

By Jane Salem, Staff Attorney, Nashville I recently promised an article about the Appeals Board’s activities from the second half of 2017. Here it is, in two parts. But first, please read and mentally sign the waiver below. Thanks. Now, before I delve into the cases, 2017 was memorable for the Appeals Board for reasons … Continue reading Looking Back at the 2017 Appeals Board Opinions, Part One

Appeals Board Hears Arguments on Attorneys’ Fees Statutory Provisions

By Jane Salem, Staff Attorney, Nashville The Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board took up a topic of interest to most practitioners – fees – in a pair of cases at its most recent docket of oral arguments. The judges dived deeply into two separate provisions of the Workers’ Compensation Law authorizing fees to employees’ attorneys … Continue reading Appeals Board Hears Arguments on Attorneys’ Fees Statutory Provisions

An Overview of 2017 Panel Opinions

By Jane Salem, Staff Attorney, Nashville January is traditionally a time to look back at the past year. In Tennessee workers’ compensation jurisprudence, 2017 marked the first time that Supreme Court Special Workers’ Compensation Panels reviewed opinions from the Appeals Board or the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims. All told, the Panels released five cases reviewing … Continue reading An Overview of 2017 Panel Opinions