If you RSVP'd for TODAY's session (not May 14), you should have received your personal invite this morning. If you didn't receive an email from Court Clerk Penny Shrum, or didn't RSVP but would still like to attend, please contact her at Penny.Patterson-Shrum@tn.gov. The discussion starts promptly at 1:00 Central Time this afternoon. Photo by … Continue reading The First Listening Session is TODAY
By Chief Judge Kenneth M. Switzer, Nashville In previous years, I’ve made it a practice to travel across Tennessee to gather comments and answer questions from the public and practicing bar about the state of the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims. These meetings have been referred to as “Listening Tours” and “Coffee with the Court.” … Continue reading Open for Comments and Questions
By Judge Brian Addington, Gray It was a pleasure to host Girl Scout Troop 320 at the Bureau's office in Gray on Nov. 13. Seven scouts attended along with one supportive brother and six parents. I gave them a tour of the Courtroom and the mediation offices, making sure to follow social-distancing guidelines. The topic … Continue reading Gray Hosts Girls Scouts
A while back, we announced with great disappointment that our annual educational conference was canceled. But now we have fantastic news: We've discovered a way to present a great conference without the worries of bringing 600-plus attendees together. We'll be teaming with Select Medical to host a virtual conference. Save the dates--October 24-30--although it’s not … Continue reading Bureau Announces Virtual Educational Conference
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
Unfortunately, the Bureau must postpone and possibly cancel our Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference that was scheduled for June 10-12 in Murfreesboro. The pandemic and associated Stay-at-Home/Work-at-Home guidance from the Governor’s office and the CDC will not allow us to go forward with the original dates. We’re currently polling our constituents to gauge their desire and … Continue reading Bureau Postpones/Cancels Conference
On March 14, volunteer attorneys and law students will be available to meet with injured workers to answer their questions about workers' compensation. The clinic will take place at the Duncan School of Law, Lincoln Memorial University in Knoxville. For more information, click here.
The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is accepting nominations for the Second 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, medical … Continue reading Bureau Seeks Nominations for Sue Ann Head Award for Excellence in Workers’ Compensation
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
The Tennessee Bureau of Workers' Compensation welcomed its newest jurist on Friday, January 17. Pele I. Godkin is now a judge on the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, sitting in Nashville. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle administered the oath at the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the Tennessee State Capitol. Photos by Kyle Jones, Bureau … Continue reading It’s official! Welcome, Judge Godkin
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
On June 12, the Tennessee Bureau of Workers' Compensation hosted a formal event to commemorate the law's 100 years and to honor an individual who has had a significant impact on the law. Theresa Montgomery, the chief state photographer in Nashville, captured the highlights below. To see all of her wonderful photos of this event, … Continue reading Honoring 100 Years of Workers’ Compensation in Tennessee
Tomorrow kicks off the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s 22nd Annual Educational Conference at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro. This year’s event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Law. For our part, the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims will once again offer two sessions on legal ethics. First, back by popular demand, … Continue reading See You In Murfreesboro
There will be no settlement approvals statewide on the following dates: June 12-14: The Bureau's Educational Conference; July 4: Independence Day; July 18-19: Judicial Meeting; and, September 2: Labor Day. The Nashville office only will conduct settlement approvals on June 12. Be safe, and enjoy the warm weather.
By Judge Brian Addington, Gray When I was a little boy, we had a friend who owned a farm. We visited often because the farm was on our way to church. One day, the farmer asked my brother if he wanted to ride his mule. My brother agreed, so the farmer brought out the mule. … Continue reading The Loveable, Stubborn Mule
As promised, here's an update about commemorations of the centennial of the Workers' Compensation Law. The Knoxville office of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is celebrating the 100-year anniversary on April 15 and 18 from 10:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. The Cookeville office will celebrate on April 10 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The Kingsport/Gray … Continue reading Mark your Calendars
By Judge Allen Phillips, Jackson In 1919, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the “Workmen’s Compensation Act.” Thus began the first century of what has been called the “Grand Bargain” in our state: employers providing benefits to injured workers without regard to fault, and in exchange the worker recovering only those benefits set forth in the … Continue reading Celebrating 100 years of Workers’ Compensation in Tennessee
By Judge Brian Addington, Gray In November 1982, the United States completed construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. My Dad is a Vietnam veteran, and he was very interested in the construction of the memorial, as he had friends die in the war. Although quite controversial at first, the site has become … Continue reading More Than a Name on a Wall
The Clerk of the Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims, Penny Shrum, is holding training on TNComp at three locations in December. There may be a surprise guest. The goal is to train lawyers, paralegals and legal assistants on how to upload documents to TNComp. We will also discuss filings with the Court. Please mark … Continue reading You’re Invited!
The public hearing on the proposed revisions to the Mediation and Hearing Procedures for the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims is Tuesday, October 30, at 10:00 a.m. Central Time at the Bureau of Workers' Compensation in the Tennessee Room, 220 French Landing Drive in Nashville. This is your opportunity to voice your opinion. Members of … Continue reading See you next week