SISOUPHAHN THYSAVATHDY V. BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS TIRE OPERATIONS, ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Jul 6, 2017

Court: TN Supreme Court

Attorneys 1:

Steve C. Norris, Nashville, Tennessee, for the employee-appellant, Sisouphahn Thysavathdy

Attorneys 2:

Leslie F. Bishop, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the employer-appellee, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

Judge(s): HENSLEY

The employee, a worker at a tire manufacturer, alleged injuries to his left shoulder as a result of picking up tires at work. The authorized treating physician was unable to identify a specific work-related injury to the employee’s left shoulder, while the employee’s physician opined that the shoulder condition was multifactorial. Following a trial on the merits, the court concluded the employee had presented insufficient proof to rebut the presumption of correctness afforded the authorized treating physician’s opinion and denied the claim. The employee has appealed, arguing he presented sufficient medical proof to establish he sustained an injury arising primarily out of his employment. We affirm the trial court’s denial of benefits, dismiss the case, and certify the trial court’s order as final.