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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 18, 2015

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals

Attorneys 1:

W. Troy Hart and Julie Cochran Fuller, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Comcast.

Attorneys 2: Brad C. Burnette, Clinton, Tennessee, for the appellee, Daniel G. Lewis.

Judge(s): OGLE

Daniel G. Lewis, the employee, was a cable technician who made a claim for workers? compensation benefits from Comcast, the employer, after he fell from a pole during a climbing recertification procedure. The employer provided medical care and paid temporary disability benefits but denied that the employee had sustained a permanent impairment or disability. Ultimately, the trial court awarded 70% permanent partial disability. The employer appeals, contending that the trial court erred by excluding evidence about the employee?s history of drug abuse and by awarding permanent disability benefits. Pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51, 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. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.