Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts

Louis Garassino v. Western Express, Inc., Et Al.

Louis Garassino v. Western Express, Inc., Et Al.
M2016-02431-SC-R3-WC

Louis Garassino (“Employee”) sustained a compensable lower back injury in the course of his work as a truck driver for Western Express (“Employer”). After a compensation hearing, the trial court awarded benefits to Employee. The order also awarded discretionary costs, in an unspecified amount. The parties disagreed over the issue. Employee filed a motion to award discretionary costs, including the fees of his examining doctor for reviewing records and conducting the examination. The trial court awarded those fees. Employer appealed to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, which reversed the trial court as to the award of those two items. Employee has appealed, and the appeal has been assigned to this Panel pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We affirm the judgment.  

Authoring Judge: 
Senior Judge Robert E. Lee Davies
Originating Judge: 
Judge Joshua Baker
Date Filed: 
Thursday, February 8, 2018