STEPHEN VOWELL v. ST. THOMAS HOSPITAL ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Aug 23, 2012

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals

Attorneys 1:

D. Randall Mantooth, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, St. Thomas Hospital.

Attorneys 2:

Brian Dunigan, Goodlettsville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Stephen Vowell.

Judge(s): KOCH

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 in accordance with Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 51. An employee, who was rendered permanently and totally disabled following a compensable back injury, suffered severe depression after his employer informed him that his employment had been terminated. He filed suit in the Chancery Court for Davidson County seeking workers’ compensation benefits. Following a bench trial, the trial court concluded that the employee’s depression was compensable and, therefore, that the employee was entitled to receive medical benefits for treatment. The employer asserts on this appeal that the trial court erred by admitting the testimony of the employee’s evaluating psychiatrist and that the award of benefits is inconsistent with Tenn. Code Ann. § 50-6-102(15) (2008 & Supp. 2011). We affirm the judgment.

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