Court: Time Stamp Overrides in Workers’ Comp Cases

The Tennessee Supreme Court has reiterated that workers’ compensation lawsuits can be filed only after the state has officially declared that a formal review could not resolve the differences between employer and worker, according to the Nashville Post. The case in question stemmed from an employee who filed a suit two minutes before a Department of Labor workers’ comp specialist documented an impasse between the parties. Despite the difference in the time stamped on the two documents, the chancery court allowed the case to go forward based on plaintiff’s attorneys affidavits that the suit was filed after they received a copy of the state’s report. The high court said that was not sufficient and called on the legislature to address “the undignified spectacle of literally racing to secure perceived procedural advantages” in workers’ comp cases, and while doing so to also "resolve the issue of nonsynchronous clocks.”