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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on May 2, 2016

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Annie S. Duncan, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Douglas Brent Walker.

Attorneys 2:

Karen G. Crutchfield and Andrew J. Hebar, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, G.UB.MK Constructors.

Judge(s): DAVIS

In 2003, an employee sustained injuries to his spine, pelvis, and shoulder while working for his employer. In 2007, the trial court determined that the employee was permanently and totally disabled as a result of the work-related injury and that his employer was responsible for authorized future medical treatment directly related to the work-related injury. In 2013, the employee filed a motion to compel medical benefits, asserting that his employer had refused to pay for medical treatment determined to be reasonable and necessary by his authorized treating physician. The trial court denied the motion, and the employee appealed. 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 affirm the trial court’s judgment.