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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Oct 7, 2014

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Todd I. Heird, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, State Farm Fire & Casualty Company.

Attorneys 2:

James W. Cook, Germantown, Tennessee, for the appellee, Russell Kyle.

Judge(s): HARRIS

An insurance adjuster was injured when he fell from a ladder after inspecting a roof for his employer. Consistent with a voluntary agreement with his employer, the employee received sick leave payments in lieu of temporary total disability payments. After returning to work for two months, the employee retired. In addition to the employee’s medical records, the parties introduced into evidence the deposition of a physician selected through the Medical Impairment Registry. The physician assigned an impairment of nine percent to the body as a whole. The trial court, however, awarded permanent disability benefits based on an impairment of fourteen percent and awarded additional temporary total disability benefits. The trial court also granted the employer a setoff for payments made to the employee pursuant to his accrued sick leave. The employer appealed. We conclude that the trial court erred by awarding a set-off of the payments made under the employer’s sick leave policy and by adopting an impairment rating other than that assigned by the MIR physician. We remand the case for additional proceedings and findings by the trial court.