JAMES ESTEL JEFFERS V. ARMSTRONG WOOD PRODUCTS ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Oct 24, 2017

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Lynn C. Peterson, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Armstrong Wood Products, Inc., and AIG Casualty Company.

Attorneys 2:

C. Patrick Sexton, Oneida, Tennessee, for the appellee, James Estel Jeffers.

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Brian A. Pierce and Alexander S. Rieger, Assistant Attorneys General, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Second Injury Fund.

Judge(s): LEE

An employee filed a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, alleging that he injured his back in the course and scope of his employment. His employer denied the claim. The trial court ruled the employee was permanently and totally disabled and apportioned liability fifty-two percent to the employer and forty-eight percent to the Second Injury Fund. The employer appealed, arguing the trial court erred in finding the employee established a work-related injury and in apportioning the liability for the award. After careful review, we affirm the trial court’s judgment.

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