By Jared S. Renfroe
Jana McQuiddy v. St. Thomas Midtown Hospital
Docket No. 2015-06-0593
State File No. 21252-2015
Filed October 7, 2016
This case presents a similar scenario to many cases involving unrepresented employees—on appeal, the meaningful review is impossible due to deficiencies with the submissions by the employee on appeal.
In this case, the claimant alleges that she slipped and fell at work, causing injuries to multiple body parts. The employer accepted the claim as compensable and paid benefits. The employee did not return to work after reaching maximum medical improvement. She filed a Petition for Benefit Determination, and at trial, she was the only witness to testify.
She attempted to introduce medical records regarding causation and impairment rating, but the employer objected. The objection was sustained. The trial court then dismissed her claim, as she failed to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that her alleged injuries arose primarily out of and in the course and scope of her employment.
The employee appealed but did not present a transcript of the trial or a statement of evidence. Additionally, she did not provide arguments on appeal as to why the trial court erred.
The Appeals Board affirmed the trial court because, under well-established law, it will not speculate as to the proof at trial and presume the trial court’s rulings were supported by sufficient evidence.
Jared S. Renfroe is an attorney for Spicer Rudstrom PLLC. He focuses his legal practice on litigation throughout Tennessee. He concentrates primarily on premises liability, business and commercial representation, employment practices litigation, professional liability, insurance defense, and workers’ compensation.
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