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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on May 3, 2012

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals

Attorneys 1:

J. Anthony Farmer, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Edwina Woods.

Attorneys 2:

Timothy W. Connor and Adam F. Rust, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Marine Accessories Corporation.

Judge(s): LEE

In this workers’ compensation case, the employee sustained a compensable back injury for which he was prescribed medication. Approximately five weeks after his injury, the employee died from gastrointestinal bleeding. His widow sought workers’ compensation benefits, claiming that his death was compensable because it was caused by the medication he was prescribed for his work injury. The employer denied her claim, contending that the employee’s death was not caused by the medication, but was instead the result of esophageal varices caused by alcoholism and cirrhosis of the liver. The trial court held that the widow did not sustain her burden of proof, and she appeals. We affirm.