DARLENE MATTOX v. LAWSON ELECTRIC COMPANY ET AL - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 26, 2014

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Randolph A. Veazey and Janis O. Mize, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Lawson Electric Company and Westfield Insurance Company.

Attorneys 2:

Gary R. Gober, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Darlene Mattox.

Judge(s): SUMMERS

An employee tripped and fell in the course of her employment. She subsequently developed pain in her left hip. A hip replacement surgery was recommended. The employer denied that the need for surgery was caused by the work injury, contending that the employee’s condition was the result of preexisting arthritis. The trial court ruled that the employee had sustained a compensable aggravation of her arthritis and ordered the employer to provide medical care. The trial court then granted the employer’s motion for an interlocutory appeal. The Supreme Court granted the employer’s application, referring the appeal 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 order of the trial court.

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