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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Aug 31, 2015

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jimmy Brown Johnson, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, City of Knoxville.

Attorneys 2:

J. Anthony Farmer, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, William Steven Still.

Judge(s): ASH

The employee, a police officer, was diagnosed with coronary artery disease after a routine stress test in February 2011. He sought workers’ compensation benefits, asserting he was entitled to the presumption of causation created by Tennessee Code Annotated section 7-51-201(a)(1). His employer denied the claim. At trial, both sides presented expert medical testimony from board-certified cardiologists. The trial court found that the employer did not rebut the statutory presumption and awarded benefits. The employer has appealed. 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. Upon review, we conclude that the employer rebutted the statutory presumption and the evidence preponderates against the trial court’s finding of causation. Therefore, we reverse the judgment.