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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Feb 24, 2016

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals

Attorneys 1:

David M. Sanders, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Knox County, Tennessee.

Attorneys 2:

J. Anthony Farmer and Christopher H. Hayes, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Clyde E. Cowan.

Judge(s): ASH

Employee suffered a work-related accidental injury to his back on April 27, 2001; he reported the injury, received conservative treatment, and returned to work without restriction in 2001. In 2011, his pain recurred, and he filed a second injury report. Employer denied Employee?s claim for workers? compensation benefits. The trial court found Employee?s claim timely and his injury compensable. The trial court awarded Employee temporary total disability benefits for the six-week period following his August 17, 2011 lumbar surgery and permanent partial disability benefits of thirty percent to the body as a whole. Employer appeals. 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.