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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 5, 2016

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals Board

Attorneys 1:

T. Ryan Malone, Nashville, Tennessee, for the employer-appellant, Group Electric.

Attorneys 2:

Michael Fisher, Nashville, Tennessee, for the employee-appellee, Patrick Riley

Judge(s): HENSLEY

In this interlocutory appeal, the employer disputes whether it should be required to provide medical benefits for the employee's alleged work-related injury. The employee reported suffering an injury to his left wrist and hand arising primarily out of and occurring in the course of his employment as a journeyman electrician. The employer denied the claim, asserting there is no evidence that a work injury actually occurred. Following an expedited hearing, the trial court ordered the employer to provide a panel of orthopedic physicians to treat the employee's injury, reserved ruling on the employee's request for temporary disability benefits, and denied the employee's request for reimbursement of past medical and mileage expenses. The employer has appealed. Having carefully reviewed the record, we affirm the trial court's decision and remand the case for further proceedings as may be necessary.