Disability Law Section

The section serves as a resource for Tennessee lawyers practicing in the area of disability rights or who have an interest in building a disability rights practice. The section offers continuing legal education and a forum for advancing disability rights.

George & George
PO Box 8130
Gallatin, TN 37066
(615)451-1550 x: x103
Immediate Past Chair
West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc.
210 West Main Street
Jackson, TN 38302
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

TSC Affirms Disability Benefits for Employee in Workers' Comp. Case

In a workers’ compensation case, the Tennessee Supreme Court has affirmed an award of permanent partial disability benefits to Christopher Batey, an employee of Deliver This Inc. In 2015, Batey sustained a back injury on the job and the Court of Workers' Compensation Claims determined he should receive permanent partial disability benefits. Batey filed a post-trial motion for prejudgment interest on the benefits awarded, but the trial court denied his motion. Deliver This Inc. and its insurer, Auto-Owners Insurance Company, appealed the disability award, and Batey appealed the trial court’s denial of prejudgment interest to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. The Workers' Comp Appeals Board held the award and the denial of prejudgment interest. In a unanimous opinion authored by Chief Justice Jeff Bivins, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Appeals Board and adopted in its entirety the opinion of the Appeals Board.
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Parents Sue Rutherford County Schools Over Sexual Misconduct Towards Special Needs Student

A new lawsuit is claiming that the Rutherford County Board of Education failed to protect a non-verbal student with autism from sexual harassment from an employee, The Daily News Journal reports. The complaint, which only identifies the boy and his parents by their initials to protect their privacy, was filed Jan. 17. Court documents say the eighth-grader has "suffered a torrent of avoidable injuries through Rutherford County's neglect and indifference to his care." The suit claims that on two occasions, school employees walked in on the boy being subjected to inappropriate sexual contact by a male teacher's aide who was hired to help care for the student. The parents were not informed about the situation until after the second incident, and the teacher's aide wasn't fired until the boy's parents took legal action, the complaint says.
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