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Posted by: Landry Butler on Oct 20, 2017

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals Board

Attorneys 1:

Richard R. Clark, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee, for the employer-appellant, Electrolux.

Attorneys 2:

Tonya Baker, Springfield, Tennessee, employee-appellee, pro se.

Judge(s): DAVIDSON

The issue in this interlocutory appeal is whether the employee is entitled to a second authorized treating physician after becoming dissatisfied with the physician the employee selected from a panel. The employer declined to provide a new treating physician, asserting it had met its statutory obligation of providing reasonable and necessary medical care for the employee’s work accident and that, if the employee needed additional medical care, she could return to the physician she selected from a panel. The trial court ordered the employer to allow the employee to select another treating physician based on a finding that the employee had no authorized treating physician to address her continuing symptoms. We reverse the trial court’s decision and remand the case.