Elsa Arriaga v. Amazon.com, Inc., et al. - Articles

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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Mar 9, 2016

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals Board

Attorneys 1:

Judge Marshall L. Davidson, III, delivered the opinion of the Appeals Board, in which Judge David F. Hensley and Judge Timothy W. Conner joined.

Attorneys 2:

Charles E. Pierce, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the employer-appellant, Amazon.com, Inc.

Elsa Arriaga, Chattanooga, Tennessee, employee-appellee, pro se ) Docket No. 2014-01-0012 ) ) State File No. 55942-2014 ) ??

Judge(s): Davidson

In this interlocutory appeal, the employee alleges injuries to her neck, back, and feet stemming from her job duties in a warehouse. After first being advised by the employer to seek medical care on her own, the employee was later provided a panel of physicians. The employer denied the claim after unknown personnel at a panel-chosen facility checked a box on a form indicating the employee’s injuries were not work-related. The trial court ruled that the employee was likely to succeed on the merits of her claim and ordered medical benefits. The trial court declined to award temporary disability benefits. The employer has appealed. Having carefully reviewed the record, we affirm the trial court’s decision and remand the case for any further proceedings that may be necessary.