Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts

Workers' Compensation Opinions

Format: 12/14/2018
Format: 12/14/2018
Anna Maria Butler v. McKee Foods Corporation
E2017-02471-SC-R3-WC

Anna Maria Butler (“Employee”) alleged that she sustained a compensable injury on May 2, 2012, in the course and scope of her employment with McKee Foods Corporation (“Employer”). The trial court found that Employee sustained a compensable injury and awarded permanent total disability benefits. Employer has appealed that decision, arguing that Employee’s injury was not causally related to her employment. The appeal has been referred to the Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We affirm the judgment.

Authoring Judge: Judge William B. Acree
Originating Judge: Chancellor Pamela Fleenor
Hamilton County Workers Compensation Panel 12/06/18
Steak N Shake v. Thomas Yeager
M2017-01558-SC-R3-WC

This cause of action originated when Thomas Yeager (“Employee”) sustained an on the job injury when he slipped and fell while performing duties in the course and scope of his employment with Steak N Shake (“Employer”). Employee was originally treated at Hendersonville Medical Center in the Hendersonville Medical Center Emergency Department. Employee was treated for acute neck and back pains and was released on said day with limiting instructions as well as various prescriptions. On October 21, 2012, Employee returned to the emergency department with abdominal pain. It was determined that Employee had a gastrointestinal bleed. Employer maintained that neither the abdominal pain nor gastrointestinal bleed and resulting medical treatment were related to the work injury. After a request for assistance and based on medical records then available, the Department of Labor ordered Employer to pay medical expenses arising from said gastrointestinal condition. Employer brought this action, seeking recovery of payments made pursuant to the Department of Labor Order. Employer filed a Motion for Summary Judgment, which was denied by the trial court. After certain stipulations were entered, a trial was had on the merits at which time the trial court found that Employee’s gastrointestinal bleeding and accompanying treatment was caused by medications prescribed to treat the initial work-related injury. Employer has appealed. The appeal has been referred to the Special Worker’s Compensation Appeals Panel for hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law, pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We reverse the trial court judgment.  

Authoring Judge: Special Judge J. Russell Parkes
Originating Judge: Chancellor Russell T. Perkins
Davidson County Workers Compensation Panel 11/26/18
Steak N Shake v. Thomas Yeager
M2017-01558-SC-R3-WC

This cause of action originated when Thomas Yeager (“Employee”) sustained an on the job injury when he slipped and fell while performing duties in the course and scope of his employment with Steak N Shake (“Employer”). Employee was originally treated at Hendersonville Medical Center in the Hendersonville Medical Center Emergency Department. Employee was treated for acute neck and back pains and was released on said day with limiting instructions as well as various prescriptions. On October 21, 2012, Employee returned to the emergency department with abdominal pain. It was determined that Employee had a gastrointestinal bleed. Employer maintained that neither the abdominal pain nor gastrointestinal bleed and resulting medical treatment were related to the work injury. After a request for assistance and based on medical records then available, the Department of Labor ordered Employer to pay medical expenses arising from said gastrointestinal condition. Employer brought this action, seeking recovery of payments made pursuant to the Department of Labor Order. Employer filed a Motion for Summary Judgment, which was denied by the trial court. After certain stipulations were entered, a trial was had on the merits at which time the trial court found that Employee’s gastrointestinal bleeding and accompanying treatment was caused by medications prescribed to treat the initial work-related injury. Employer has appealed. The appeal has been referred to the Special Worker’s Compensation Appeals Panel for hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law, pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We reverse the trial court judgment.

  

Authoring Judge: Special Judge J. Russell Parkes
Originating Judge: Chancellor Russell T. Perkins
Davidson County Workers Compensation Panel 11/26/18
Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency v. Brenda Binnion
M2017-00970-SC-R3-WC

Employee, a commercial van driver, suffered an impact injury in April 2011 to her neck after assisting a passenger into Employer’s van. Employee continued to work for three months. Employee timely provided notice to Employer. Employee was diagnosed as suffering from a condition called torticollis. Employee received temporary total disability benefits from July 2011 until May 2016. Employee reached Maximum Medical Improvement in November 2015. Trial was held in February 2017 to determine the existence and extent of Employee’s permanent disability. Based on Employee’s medical treatment history, testimony by medical experts, and Employee’s testimony regarding her ability to function day-to-day, the chancery court found that Employee was permanently and totally disabled. Employer has appealed. The appeal has been referred to the Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.

Authoring Judge: Special Judge J. Russell Parkes
Originating Judge: Chancellor Charles K.Smith
Wilson County Workers Compensation Panel 10/31/18
Alcoa, Inc. v. Georgette McCroskey, Individually and as surviving spouse of Marcus McCroskey
E2018-00087-SC-R3-WC

Georgette McCroskey alleged her deceased husband, Marcus McCroskey (“Employee”), died from pancreatic cancer on June 15, 2012, as the result of work-related exposure to coal tar pitch while employed by Alcoa, Inc. (“Employer”). Following the trial, the trial court held Mrs. McCroskey had not carried her burden of proof on the issue of whether or not Employee’s pancreatic cancer was caused by his work-related exposure to coal tar pitch. Mrs. McCroskey appeals the decision, arguing the preponderance of evidence supports the conclusion Employee’s work-related exposure was a substantial contributing factor in his development of pancreatic cancer and death. The appeal has been referred to the Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We affirm the judgment.

Authoring Judge: Judge Don R. Ash
Originating Judge: Judge David R. Duggan
Blount County Workers Compensation Panel 10/30/18
Rita Faye Hurst v. Claiborne County Hospital and Nursing Home et al.
E2017-01745-SC-R3-WC

An employee filed suit for workers’ compensation benefits for injuries sustained in a work-related motor vehicle collision. The trial court later dismissed the case with full prejudice based on a settlement approved by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (the “Department”). Over seven years later, the employee filed a motion in another workers’ compensation case to compel medical benefits for her injuries related to the collision. The trial court granted the employee’s motion to compel, referencing in its order this case number (#15,665) and the case number in which the motion was filed (#13,393). In a separate order, the trial court awarded the employee her attorney fees and costs. We vacate the trial court’s orders, finding that the trial court did not have subject matter jurisdiction to compel medical benefits for the employee’s physical injuries.

Authoring Judge: Justice Sharon Lee
Originating Judge: Judge Elizabeth C. Asbury
Claiborne County Workers Compensation Panel 10/24/18
Rita Faye Hurst v. Claiborne County Hospital and Nursing Home et al.
E2017-01598-SC-R3-WC

An employee sued for workers’ compensation benefits alleging two distinct injuries on different dates: physical injuries sustained in a work-related motor vehicle collision in 2001 and mental injuries from an incident involving a severely abused infant in 2000. The employee settled her mental injury claim. The trial court’s judgment approving the settlement included future medical benefits for the employee’s mental injuries, but none for physical injuries related to the collision. Nine years later, the employee filed a motion to compel medical benefits for her physical injuries related to the collision. The trial court, in an order referencing this case (#13,393) and a later-filed case (#15,665), ordered the employer to provide medical benefits for the employee’s physical injuries. In a separate order, the trial court awarded the employee her attorney fees and costs. We vacate the trial court’s orders, finding that the trial court did not have subject matter jurisdiction to compel medical benefits for the employee’s physical injuries.

Authoring Judge: Justice Sharon Lee
Originating Judge: Judge Elizabeth C. Asbury
Claiborne County Workers Compensation Panel 10/24/18
Charles Steven Blocker v. Powell Valley Electric Cooperative, et al.
E2017-01656-SC-R3-WC

Charles Steven Blocker (“Employee”) sustained a compensable injury to his cervical spine while working for Powell Valley Electric Cooperative (“Employer”) in November 2010. After returning to work, Employee suffered a second, gradual injury to his cervical spine in January 2013, which rendered him permanently and totally disabled. Employee filed an action against Employer and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Second Injury Fund (“the Fund”). The trial court initially found Employee’s 2013 injury caused 9% vocational disability and apportioned 9% of the award to Employer and 91% to the Fund. After the Fund appealed, the Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel remanded the case for the trial court “to reassess Employee’s 2013 vocational disability” and “to make the appropriate assignment of the award to Employer and the Fund.” On remand, the trial court found the 2013 injury caused 20% vocational disability and apportioned 20% of the award to Employer and 80% to the Fund. The Fund again appeals, asserting the trial court incorrectly apportioned the award. The appeal has been referred to the Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We affirm the trial court’s judgment.

Authoring Judge: Judge William B. Acree
Originating Judge: Judge Elizabeth C. Asbury
Claiborne County Workers Compensation Panel 10/24/18
Darry Osborne v. Starrun, Inc., et al.
E2018-00282-SC-R3-WC

A truck driver, whose employer had no workers’ compensation insurance coverage, was injured after falling from his employer’s truck while tarping a load of goods at a manufacturer’s facility. The truck driver filed a workers’ compensation claim against the manufacturer, asserting that the manufacturer was the truck driver’s statutory employer under Tennessee Code Annotated section 50-6-113 (2014 & Supp. 2017). The Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims granted the manufacturer’s motion for summary judgment, holding that the truck driver failed to establish that the manufacturer undertook work for an entity other than itself, retained the right of control over the conduct of the work, or that the truck driver’s conduct in tarping the load was part of the manufacturer’s regular business or the same type of work usually performed by its employees. After review, we affirm.

Authoring Judge: Justice Sharon Lee
Originating Judge: Judge Brian Addington
Workers Compensation Panel 10/19/18
Susie Plunk v. Professional Home Health Care Services
W2018-00025-SC-WCM-WC

Susie Plunk (“Employee”) alleged that she sustained a compensable injury in the course and scope of her employment with Professional Home Health Care Services (“Employer”). Employer filed a motion for summary judgment asserting that Employee’s claim should be dismissed for lack of service of process or insufficient process. The trial court granted Employer’s motion finding that Employer was not served with process, Employer had sufficiently raised failure of service of process as a defense, and Employer had not waived that defense by participating in the litigation. Employee has appealed that decision. The appeal has been referred to the Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We reverse the decision of the trial court and remand the case for a trial on the issues.

Authoring Judge: Judge William B. Acree, Jr.
Originating Judge: C. Creed McGinley
Hardin County Workers Compensation Panel 10/10/18
Vicki Gandee v. Zurich North America Insurance Company
W2017-01523-SC-WCM-WC

Vicki Gandee (“Employee”) sustained a knee injury in 2004 during the course of her employment with Christ United Methodist Church (“Employer”). Employee returned to work after her injury; however, she left her job in April 2006 before reaching maximum medical improvement. Employee filed this claim against Employer’s worker’s compensation carrier (“Insurer”) maintaining she failed to make a meaningful return to work. Employee was seeking permanent partial disability benefits at six times the impairment rating. The parties disputed whether Employee was terminated for misconduct or resigned due to her injury. The trial court found the claim compensable but capped the award at two and one-half times the impairment rating having concluded Employee was terminated for misconduct. Employee appeals claiming the trial court erred in finding she was terminated for misconduct; in applying the lower cap; and in adopting Insurer’s expert’s impairment rating. The appeal has been referred to the Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We affirm the trial court’s decision to adopt the impairment rating assigned by Insurer’s expert; however, we reverse the trial court’s decision to cap the award based on misconduct and remand for modification of the award.

Authoring Judge: Judge Don R. Ash
Originating Judge: Judge Walter L. Evans
Shelby County Workers Compensation Panel 09/19/18
C. K. Smith, Jr. v. Goodall Buildings, Inc. Et Al.
M2017-01935-SC-R3-WC

C.K. Smith, Jr. (“Employee”) suffered a compensable shoulder injury and was awarded lifetime medical care pursuant to a settlement agreement with Goodall Buildings, Inc. (“Employer”). Employee suffered from long-term chronic pain because of his injury and was referred to Dr. Jeffrey Hazlewood for pain management. Upon entering the care of Dr. Hazlewood, Employee was already prescribed a high dosage of opioids to manage his pain. Dr. Hazlewood continued this treatment, slowly raising Employee’s prescription. However, Dr. Hazlewood began to have concerns about Employee forming an addiction, and new medical guidelines on pain management indicated that Employee was taking too high a dosage of opioids. Dr. Hazlewood recommended weaning Employee off opioids, or at least lowering his dosage. In response, Employee left the care of Dr. Hazlewood and filed a motion for a new panel of physicians. That motion was heard for the first time almost two years later. The trial court granted Employee’s motion and ordered Employer to provide a new panel of physicians. Employer appealed, arguing Tennessee Code Annotated section 50-6-204(j) precludes Employee from receiving a new panel of physicians. The appeal has been referred to the Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We reverse the judgment of the trial court.

Authoring Judge: Chief Justice Jeffrey S. Bivins
Originating Judge: Judge Clara W. Byrd
Trousdale County Workers Compensation Panel 09/14/18
Pamela Lyles v. Titlemax of Tennessee, Inc. ET AL.
W2017-00873-SC-WCM-WC

Pamela Lyles (“Employee”) was employed by Titlemax of Tennessee, Inc. (“Employer”). On May 19, 2010, an armed robbery occurred, during which the offender brandished a handgun at Employee. Employee immediately began exhibiting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”) and was diagnosed with PTSD no later than July 13, 2010. Employee filed a Request for Benefit Review Conference with the Tennessee Department of Labor on September 16, 2011, which resulted in an impasse. Employee brought suit and the trial court granted summary judgment in favor of Employer, stating that the statute of limitations barred her claim. Employee has appealed. The appeal has been referred to the Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We affirm the judgment.

Authoring Judge: Justice Roger Page
Originating Judge: Judge Mary Wagner
Shelby County Workers Compensation Panel 09/14/18
Thomas D. Flatt v. West-Tenn Express Inc., ET AL.
W2017-01727-SC-R3-WC

Thomas D. Flatt (“Employee”) alleged he injured his neck and shoulder in the course and scope of his employment with West-Tenn Express, Inc. (“Employer”). The trial court found Employee suffered a compensable injury and awarded 44 percent permanent partial disability to the body as a whole. Employer’s appeal has been referred to the Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We reverse the trial court’s judgment.

Authoring Judge: Judge Don R. Ash
Originating Judge: Judge James F. Butler
Madison County Workers Compensation Panel 08/31/18
Victory Thayer v. United Parcel Service, ET AL.
W2017-02153-SC-WCM-WC

Victory Thayer (“Employee”) alleged that he sustained a compensable injury in 1997 in the course and scope of his employment with United Parcel Service (“Employer”). Employer and its insurer, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company (“Insurer”), filed a motion for summary judgment. The trial court granted their motion on the ground that the one-year statute of limitations barred Employee’s claim. Employee has appealed that decision. The appeal has been referred to the Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We affirm the judgment.

Authoring Judge: Judge William B. Acree, Jr.
Originating Judge: Judge Valerie L. Smith
Shelby County Workers Compensation Panel 08/13/18
Zoran Andric v. Costco Wholesale Membership Inc.
W2017-01661-SC-R3-WC

Zoran Andric (“Employee”) alleged he was injured in the course and scope of his employment with Costco Wholesale Membership, Inc. (“Employer”). After a hearing, the trial court found Employee suffered a compensable injury to his right foot and awarded 64 percent permanent partial disability. Employer appeals. The appeal has been referred to the Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We affirm the trial court’s finding Employee suffered a compensable injury to his right foot, but we modify the award to 26 percent permanent partial disability to the right foot.

Authoring Judge: Judge Don R. Ash
Originating Judge: Judge JoeDae L. Jenkins
Shelby County Workers Compensation Panel 08/02/18
Wesley David Fly v. Mr. Bult's Inc., ET AL.
W2017-00828-SC-R3-WC

Employee, Wesley David Fly, was injured in the course of his employment, and the parties agree that Employee is permanently and totally disabled. The circuit court found that Employee was not capable of gainful employment and awarded benefits for permanent total disability. On appeal, Employer, Mr. Bult’s, Inc., argues that non-work-related factors acting independently of Employee’s work injury contributed to his disability. The appeal has been referred to the Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We affirm the judgment of the circuit court.

Authoring Judge: Justice Roger A. Page
Originating Judge: Judge Charles C. McGinley
Benton County Workers Compensation Panel 07/25/18
Paul A. Westby v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
W2017-01408-SC-R3-WC

Paul A. Westby (“Employee”) suffered gradual hearing loss during his employment with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (“Employer”). Employee filed a workers’ compensation claim when Employer closed its plant. Employer argued the claim was barred by the statute of limitations because Employee failed to report his injury despite learning of his hearing loss years earlier. The trial court allowed the claim based on the “last-day-worked” rule and awarded Employee 60 percent permanent partial disability (“PPD”) to both ears. Employer has appealed, arguing that the trial court erred in applying the last-day-worked rule and that the PPD award is excessive. This appeal has been referred to the Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We affirm the judgment of the trial court in all respects.

Authoring Judge: Judge William B. Acree, Jr.
Originating Judge: Judge W. Michael Maloan
Obion County Workers Compensation Panel 07/24/18
Kenneth E. Raymer v. Maintenance Insights, LLC, Et Al.
M2017-00986-SC-R3-WC

Kenneth Raymer (“Employee”) sustained a compensable injury to his left shoulder on July 8, 2011, and a compensable injury to his neck on December 18, 2012. He filed separate civil actions seeking permanent disability benefits for his injuries. The actions were consolidated for trial. The trial court awarded 30% permanent partial disability for the shoulder injury and 50% permanent partial disability for the neck injury and commuted both awards to lump sums. Maintenance Insights, LLC and Logistics Insight Corporation (collectively “Employer”) have appealed, contending the disability awards are excessive and that Employee did not demonstrate that the awards should have been commuted. The appeal has been referred to the Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.

Authoring Judge: Senior Judge Robert E. Lee Davies
Originating Judge: Judge J. Mark Rogers
Rutherford County Workers Compensation Panel 06/14/18
Sisouphahn Thysavathdy v. Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Et Al
M2017-01575-SC-WCM-WC

Sisouphahn Thysavathdy (“Employee”) alleged that he sustained a compensable injury to his left shoulder on July 15, 2014. He was referred to a physician by his employer, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC (“Employer”). That doctor opined that Employee’s shoulder condition was not work-related, and Employer denied the claim. After a compensation hearing, the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims denied Employee’s claim. Employee appealed to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, which affirmed the trial court’s decision. Employee has appealed that ruling. The appeal has been referred to the Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We affirm the judgment of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.

Authoring Judge: Chief Justice Jeffrey S. Bivins
Originating Judge: Judge Audrey A. Headrick
Workers Compensation Panel 06/08/18
Carolyn Annette Young v. Sugar Hollow Properties, LLC, Et Al.
E2017-00981-SC-R3-WC

In June 2004, an employee sustained a work-related injury. After the employee sued her employer and its insurer for workers' compensation benefits, the parties settled the case. The trial court approved the settlement and, in part, ordered the defendants to pay the employee's reasonable and necessary authorized future medical expenses. In 2016, the employee moved to compel the defendants to provide medical treatment recommended by the employee's authorized treating physician; she also sought a finding of civil contempt and an award of attorney fees. The trial court ordered the defendants to provide the requested medical services and denied the motion for contempt. The defendants then authorized the employee's requested medical treatment. At a later hearing, the trial court awarded the employee her attorney fees under Tennessee Code Annotated section 50-6- 204(b)(2) (2005). The defendants appeal the trial court's award of medical benefits and attorney fees. After careful review, we hold that the issue of medical benefits is moot and the trial court erred in awarding the employee her attorney fees.

Authoring Judge: Justice Sharon Lee
Originating Judge: Judge Elizabeth C. Asbury
Campbell County Workers Compensation Panel 05/24/18
Paul Gray v. Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems et al.
W2017-00380-SC-WCM-WC

Paul Gray (“Employee”) was injured in the course of his employment with Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems (“Employer”). Several physicians—authorized and unauthorized—examined and treated Employee. After a Benefit Review Conference was completed and suit filed, an unauthorized physician performed surgery. The trial court considered numerous issues including subject matter jurisdiction, payment of unauthorized medical expenses, impairment, and disability. It ruled in favor of Employee and awarded 50% permanent partial disability benefits. Employer appeals. The appeal has been referred to the Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We affirm in part, reverse in part, and remand to the trial court.

Authoring Judge: Judge Don R. Ash
Originating Judge: Judge Jerry Stokes
Shelby County Workers Compensation Panel 05/21/18
Samuel Panzarella v. Amazon.com, Inc.
E2017-01135-SC-R3-WC

An employee filed a claim for workers’ compensation, alleging he injured his left knee in the course and scope of his employment. The Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims denied the claim, finding the employee had failed to prove that his knee injury arose primarily out of his employment. The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board affirmed. The employee appealed, contending that the evidence preponderated against the judgment of the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims. After careful review, we affirm the decision of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.

Authoring Judge: Justice Sharon Lee
Originating Judge: Judge Audrey A. Headrick
Hamilton County Workers Compensation Panel 05/16/18
Sherilyne D. Duty v. East Tennessee Children's Hospital Association, Inc.
E2017-02027-SC-R3-WC

Sherilyne Duty (“Employee”) was employed by East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (“Employer”) as a unit secretary. On March 22, 2006, she was assaulted by a visitor in the waiting area of the pediatric intensive care unit (“PICU”). She sustained an injury to her eye and developed post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”) as a result of the incident. A settlement was reached as to all aspects of her workers’ compensation except the issue of temporary total disability. The settlement was approved by the Department of Labor, and Employee then brought this action seeking temporary disability benefits from July 2007 until November 2015. Employer contended Employee was not entitled to benefits because she was able to work and because she had been terminated for cause. The trial court denied the claim, finding Employee’s medical proof was not credible. Employee appeals, contending the evidence preponderates against the trial court’s decision. The appeal has been referred to the Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We affirm the judgment.

Authoring Judge: Judge Don R. Ash
Originating Judge: Chancellor Michael W. Moyer
Knox County Workers Compensation Panel 04/18/18
James Harrison v General Motors, LLC, Et Al.
M2016-02522-SC-R3-WC

James Harrison sustained a compensable injury to his right shoulder while employed by General Motors, LLC (“GM”). He filed a workers’ compensation claim contending he was permanently and totally disabled as a result of the injury. The Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims found he was not permanently and totally disabled and awarded permanent partial disability benefits in accordance with the statutory scheme. Tenn. Code Ann. § 50-6-207(3)(A) & (B) (2014 & 2017 Supp.) Mr. Harrison appeals contending the evidence preponderates against the finding he is not totally disabled. The appeal has been referred to the Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We affirm.

Authoring Judge: Senior Judge Don R. Ash
Originating Judge: Judge Dale A. Tipps
Workers Compensation Panel 02/20/18