DWIGHT MITCHELL v. RANDSTAD NORTH AMERICA, ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Aug 11, 2016

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals Board

Attorneys 1:

Dwight Mitchell, Madison, Tennessee, employee-appellant, pro se.

Attorneys 2:

Troy Hart, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the employer-appellee, Randstad North America.

Judge(s): DAVIDSON

This interlocutory appeal involves an employee and employer who reached a settlement for work-related injuries suffered by the employee on April 9, 2014, prior to the date the trial court acquired subject matter jurisdiction under the 2013 Reform Act. The settlement, which closed the employee’s right to future medical treatment, included language describing two alleged aggravating events occurring after July 1, 2014, as within the scope of the settlement. The agreement was approved by the Davidson County Circuit Court. Subsequently, the employee filed petitions for benefit determination seeking additional benefits for injuries that were identified as the aggravations described in the settlement documents. Following an expedited hearing, the trial court denied benefits on the basis that the parties’ prior court-approved settlement encompassed the injuries for which the employee sought benefits. The employee has appealed. We affirm the trial court’s decision and remand the case.

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