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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jan 7, 2013

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Roger A. Miller, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Tower Insurance Company.

Attorneys 2:

Joseph R. Ford, Loudon, Tennessee, for the appellee, Robert Laurence.

Judge(s): WADE

The employee, a satellite dish installer, injured his head while installing equipment at the residence of a customer of the employer. When the employer denied workers’ compensation benefits for permanent partial disability, the employee filed suit. The trial court awarded temporary total disability benefits and a 70% permanent partial disability to the body as a whole. The employer appealed. Pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51, this appeal has been referred to a special workers’ compensation appeals panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law. Because an employee is entitled to temporary total disability benefits only until he is able to return to work or reaches his maximum recovery, the trial court erred by awarding an additional fifty weeks of temporary total disability benefits. Otherwise, the judgment is affirmed.