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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Oct 22, 2012

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Kent E. Krause, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, General Motors LLC.

Attorneys 2:

Jonathan Williams, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, John Freeman.

Judge(s): KURTZ

The employee sought reconsideration of workers’ compensation settlements concerning a back injury in 2003 and a right knee injury in 2006. The trial court granted the petition and increased the previous permanent partial disability awards to 30% to the body as a whole for the back injury and 100% to the leg for the knee injury. The employer has appealed, contending that reconsideration of the back injury was barred by the statute of limitations, that the awards for both injuries were excessive, that the trial court incorrectly awarded benefits in excess of six times the anatomical impairment for the knee injury, and that the trial court erred by awarding benefits in a lump sum. The employee contends that the trial court erred by failing to award permanent total disability benefits. We conclude that the employee’s petition for reconsideration of the settlement of his back injury was not timely filed and reverse that part of the judgment. We affirm the judgment in all other respects.