LOUIS GARASSINO V. WESTERN EXPRESS, INC., ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Feb 8, 2018

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Julie A. Reasonover, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Louis Garassino.

Attorneys 2:

D. Andrew Saulters, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Western Express, Inc., and PMA Management Group.

Judge(s): DAVIES

Louis Garassino (“Employee”) sustained a compensable lower back injury in the course of his work as a truck driver for Western Express (“Employer”). After a compensation hearing, the trial court awarded benefits to Employee. The order also awarded discretionary costs, in an unspecified amount. The parties disagreed over the issue. Employee filed a motion to award discretionary costs, including the fees of his examining doctor for reviewing records and conducting the examination. The trial court awarded those fees. Employer appealed to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, which reversed the trial court as to the award of those two items. Employee has appealed, and the appeal has been assigned to this Panel pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We affirm the judgment.

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