RAYMOND DARRYL YOUNG v. BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS TIRE OPERATIONS, LLC - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jan 10, 2013

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Neal Agee, Jr., Lebanon, Tennessee, for the appellant, Raymond Darryl Young.

Attorneys 2:

Nicholas S. Akins, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC.

Judge(s): HARRIS

In this workers’ compensation appeal, the employee injured his right shoulder in the course of his employment in July 2009. He missed only a few days of work and reached maximum medical improvement in August 2010. Prior to his reaching maximum medical improvement, a collective bargaining agreement reduced the hourly wages of all of the employer’s production workers. The trial court held that he had a meaningful return to work, thereby limiting his award of benefits to one and one-half times the anatomical impairment in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated section 50-6-241(d)(1)(A). The employee has appealed, contending that the trial court’s interpretation of the statute was erroneous.1 We affirm the judgment.

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