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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 23, 2014

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Tasha C. Blakney, Troy S. Weston and David S. Wigler, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jo Dean Nuchols.

Attorneys 2:

Frank Q. Vettori and Gary M. Prince, Knoxville, Tennessee and Norman Newton, Maryville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Blount County, Tennessee.

Judge(s): CANTRELL

An employee alleged that she sustained a mental injury as a result of a confrontation with her supervisor, the Sheriff of Blount County. The trial court found that she had failed to provide notice of her injury as required by Tennessee Code Annotated section 50-6-201 (Supp. 2001) and dismissed her complaint. The trial court made an alternative finding that she was permanently and totally disabled as a result of the incident. The employee has appealed, contending that the evidence preponderates against the trial court’s finding on the notice issue. 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 pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We affirm the judgment of the trial court dismissing the employee’s claim.