On June 22, 2021, Courtney Smith won in the Tennessee Court of Appeals with a worker’s compensation case involving a furniture store employee who reported injury. Following an expedited hearing, the trial court denied the employee’s request for temporary disability and medical benefits. Thereafter, the employer filed a motion for summary judgment in which it argued, among other things, that the employee’s evidence of medical causation was insufficient as a matter of law.
In an order granting the employee’s request for an extension of time, the court set a deadline for the employee to respond to the employer’s motion and scheduled a motion hearing. Within the response deadline set by the trial court, but less than twenty days before the hearing, the employee filed a response to the motion for summary judgment and a Standard Form Medical Report (Form C-32).
The employer timely objected to the notice of the employee’s intent to use Form C-32. In its order granting the employer’s motion for summary judgment, the trial court excluded Form C-32 from evidence, and the employee has appealed. Having carefully reviewed this case, the trial court’s order was affirmed.
On June 23, 2021, Cameron Watson won in the Supreme Court of Tennessee Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals with a case involving an employee seeking workers’ compensation benefits for an injury to her back. Following a hearing, the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims denied Employee’s claim for workers’ compensation benefits. The employee appealed. The appeal was 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. The Appeals Panel affirmed the judgment.
Courtney Smith is a member of the Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC Nashville office. She is an experienced trial lawyer who concentrates her practice in Insurance Defense Litigation, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith, Products Liability, Property and Casualty, Subrogation, and Workers’ Compensation
Cameron Watson is a member of Spicer Rudstrom’s Memphis office, where he practices business and corporate law, employment law, product liability, intellectual property litigation, and premises liability.