KAREN ALFORD V. HCA HEALTH SERVICES OF TENNESSEE, INC., ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Dec 15, 2015

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Catheryne L. Grant, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellants, HCA Health Services of Tennessee, Inc., d/b/a Stonecrest Medical Center, and ACE American Insurance Co.

Attorneys 2:

R. Steven Waldron, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellee, Karen Alford.

Judge(s): CANTRELL

The plaintiff, a nurse, alleged that she sustained a hip injury in the course of her employment. She further alleged that she sustained an injury to the nerves of her leg as a result of treatment for the hip injury. In addition, she alleged a mental injury. Her employer contended that her hip problems were preexisting and that she failed to sustain her burden of proof as to the nerve and mental injuries. The trial court found that the hip and nerve injuries were compensable but the alleged mental injury was not.1 It also awarded certain medical expenses from unauthorized physicians. Employer has appealed, asserting that the evidence preponderates against the award of benefits. 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 reverse the award of medical expenses but otherwise affirm the judgment.
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