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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jun 12, 2013

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Deana C. Seymour and Gregory D. Jordan, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellant, ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company.

Attorneys 2:

Scott G. Kirk, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellee, Jeffrey Patterson.

Judge(s): ASH

In this workers’ compensation case, the employee alleged he suffered a ruptured cervical disk while lifting metal plates at work. His employer denied the claim, contending the neck injury was caused or worsened by a subsequent motor vehicle accident. The employee filed this action in the Chancery Court of Hardeman County, seeking workers’ compensation benefits. The trial court ruled in favor of the employee, awarding temporary and permanent disability benefits plus future medical benefits. The employer has appealed, contending the evidence preponderates against the trial court’s finding. The 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 Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We affirm the trial court’s judgment.