SCOTT HOUSE v. YRC, INC. ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jun 22, 2012

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Stephen K. Heard and Adam O. Knight, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, YRC, Inc., d/b/a Yellow Transportation, Inc.

Attorneys 2:

Russell E. Freeman, Goodlettsville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Scott House.

Judge(s): DANIEL

Pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51, this workers’ compensation appeal has been referred to the Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law. This is a reconsideration case. The employee settled his claim for one and one-half times the anatomical impairment in 2007. In 2008, his employer merged with a second company to form a new corporate entity. The employee continued to be employed by the new entity in the same location, working under the same collective bargaining agreement that he had been under prior to his injury. The trial court found that he had lost his employment for purposes of Tenn. Code Ann. § 50-6-241(d)(1)(B) and awarded additional permanent disability benefits. The employer has appealed, contending that the trial court erred by finding that a loss of employment occurred. In the alternative, Employer argues that the evidence preponderates against an award of additional benefits. We affirm the judgment.