SUSAN COOLIDGE v. CITY WINERY NASHVILLE, LLC, ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Sep 23, 2016

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals Board

Attorneys 1:

E. Chip Storey, Jr., Franklin, Tennessee, for the employer-appellant, City Winery Nashville, LLC.

Attorneys 2:

Susan Coolidge, Goodlettsville, Tennessee, employee-appellee, pro se.

Judge(s): HENSLEY

In this interlocutory appeal, the employer seeks a reversal of the trial court’s order for medical benefits for the employee’s alleged nose disfigurement. The employee, having a history of nose surgeries, alleged she suffered disfigurement to her nose when she was struck in the face by a falling tray. The employee’s claim was accepted as compensable, but the employee’s request for plastic surgery to repair her nasal deformity was denied. Following an expedited hearing, the trial court ordered the employer to provide a panel of surgeons specializing in rhinoplasties for evaluation of the effectiveness of corrective surgery and to pay for the surgery should the panel physician indicate surgery would be effective in correcting the employee’s nasal deformity. The employer has appealed. Having carefully reviewed the record, we reverse the trial court’s decision and remand the case for further proceedings as may be necessary.

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