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Appeals Board Declined to Award Employee Attorneys’ Fees, Burleson v. Germantown Partners Supercuts

Appeals Board Declined to Award Employee Attorneys’ Fees, Burleson v. Germantown Partners Supercuts

August 18, 2017

By Jared S. Renfroe Burleson v. Germantown Partners Supercuts Docket No. 2016-08-1241 State File No.: 78490-2016 Filed August 15, 2017 The Employee’s attorney in this case requested attorneys’ fees, but because the Appeals Board denied benefits, it declined to award her attorneys’ fees. Facts Employee alleged a low back injury allegedly occurring while he was …Read More

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Supreme Court Upholds Decision that Injury Not Compensable Under Current Law, Joseph Kolby Willis v. All Staff, et al.

August 18, 2017

By Courtney S. Paterson   Joseph Kolby Willis v. All Staff, et al.                                                Docket No. 2014-05-0005       Filed August 3, 2017   Posture   This is a case before the Supreme Court of Tennessee Special Workers’ Compensation Panel on appeal filed by the Employee, and the dispute was whether the Employee sustained a compensable injury. …Read More

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Recent Appeals Board Decision Regarding The Statute of Limitations on PBD Filed over Year After Injury, Don Johnson v. Stanley Convergent Security Systems, et al.

August 18, 2017

By Courtney S. Paterson Don Johnson v. Stanley Convergent Security Systems, et al. Docket No. 2016-08-0656 State File No. 6727-2016 Filed August 3, 2017 Posture This is a case before the Appeals Board on interlocutory appeal filed by the employer, and the dispute was whether the employer should be required to provide medical and temporary …Read More

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Decision from Appeals Board Regarding Job Abandonment and Payment of TTD benefits, Miguel Betances v. Brock Services, LLC, et al.

August 17, 2017

  By Courtney S. Paterson   Miguel Betances v. Brock Services, LLC, et al.                                  Docket No. 2016-08-0883       State File No. 59040-2016 Filed August 1, 2017   Posture This is a case before the Appeals Board on interlocutory appeal filed by the employer, and the dispute was whether the employer should be required to …Read More

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Product Liability Lawsuit Dismissed Against Grocery Store

August 15, 2017

A Plaintiff claimed she became ill after consuming pre-packaged fruit allegedly contaminated with Listeria. She filed suit in Memphis against the grocery store and the producer of the fruit, claiming violations of the Tennessee Product Liability Act and seeking damages for her personal injuries. Christopher M. Myatt and Jacob D. Strawn of Spicer Rudstrom’s Memphis …Read More

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Spicer Firm Represented at Best of Bar Ceremony

June 28, 2017

Spicer Rudstrom was well-represented at the Nashville Business Journal’s Best of Bar ceremony on June 27 honoring the 2017 Nashville Best of Bar recipients.  Seen here, from left to right, are Janna Dedman, J.K. Elkin, Mike Vetter, Brian Duffy, and Steve Minucci of Accelerent.


Spicer’s Best of Bar Winner Recognized at Ceremony

June 28, 2017

Spicer Rudstrom is thrilled to announce that SR attorney, Marc Dedman, was recognized on June 27 by the Nashville Business Journal as 2017 Best of Bar for International.  Congratulations, Marc!  


Spicer’s Best of the Bar Winner Shares Tip for Law School

June 21, 2017

  Read Nashville attorney Marc Dedman‘s advice here.

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Roadway Negligence – $160,000 Employee Retaliation – Defense Verdict

June 16, 2017

The Tennessee Jury Verdict Reporter in their June issue detailed a case in Federal Court – Knoxville where a motorcyclist suffered assorted injuries when she crashed as she passed through a mowing project on 1-75 – she blamed the mowing company for failing to properly mark the mowing project to warn oncoming traffic. Clint J. …Read More

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Nashville Medical News Features Julie-Karel Elkin

June 9, 2017

An article written by attorney Julie-Karel Elkin was recently included in Nashville Medical News. “Cybersecurity: It’s About the Holes” is a feature that addresses the vulnerability of healthcare providers’ systems to hacking. In it, JK cautions those in healthcare to take a proactive approach to cybersecurity, stay on top of regular updates and checks and …Read More


Authorized Treating Physician’s Opinions Create Genuine Issue of Material of Fact as to Employee’s Pre-Existing Condition: Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board Summary, Terry Lamm v. E. Miller Construction, Inc.

June 8, 2017

By Jared S. Renfroe Terry Lamm v. E. Miller Construction, Inc. Docket No. 2015-01-0429 State File No. 64870-2015 Filed June 2, 2017 In this case, the Appeals Board affirmed the trial court’s order denying summary judgment to the employer on the basis that there was a genuine issue of material fact as to whether the …Read More


Pro Se Litigants Must Comply with Substantive and Procedural Rules that Represented Parties are Expected to Observe: Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board Summary, Lee Walton v. Averitt Express, Inc.

June 7, 2017

By Jared S. Renfroe Lee Walton v. Averitt Express, Inc. Docket No. 2015-08-03-6 State File No. 60505-2015 Filed June 2, 2017 This case presents yet another appeal in which an unrepresented employee did not submit an argument on appeal or the transcript from the compensation hearing, preventing the Appeals Board from conducting a meaningful appellate …Read More


Particular Language Not Required for Causation, but Requirements of the Statute Must Be Met: Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board Summary, Samuel Panzarella v. Amazon.com, Inc.

June 6, 2017

By Jared S. Renfroe Samuel Panzarella v. Amazon.com, Inc. Docket No. 2015-01-0383 State File No. 79681-2015 Filed May 15, 2017 This case was decided by the Appeals Board with a unique procedural history. Ultimately, the trial court declined to award benefits, and the Appeals Board affirmed, due to the employment not contributing more than 50 …Read More


Appeals Board Declines to Speculate what Error Employee Believed Trial Court Made in Knee Injury Claims: Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board Summary, Jacqueline Keyes v. Bridgestone Americas

June 5, 2017

By Jared S. Renfroe Jacqueline Keyes v. Bridgestone Americas   Docket No. 2016-06-2007 File No. 58630-2016 Filed May 18, 2017 This case involves an appeal to the Appeals Board for an injury claim that was never before the trial court, so the Appeals Board could not perform appellate review and affirmed the order of the trial …Read More


Presumption of Correctness Afforded to the Authorized Treating Physician over the Independent Medical Examiner: Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board Summary, Clarence Bass v. The Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., et al.

June 5, 2017

By Courtney S. Paterson Clarence Bass v. The Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., et al. Docket No. 2016-06-1038 State File No. 59924-2014 Filed May 26, 2017 Posture This is a case before the Appeals Board on interlocutory appeal filed by the employee, and the dispute was whether the employer should be required to provide medical benefits. …Read More


Trial Court Denies Employee’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees and Expenses: Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board Summary, Torey Andrews v. Yates Services, LLC, et al.

June 2, 2017

By Courtney S. Paterson Torey Andrews v. Yates Services, LLC, et al . Docket No. 2016-05-0854 State File No. 58300-2016 Filed May 23, 2017 Posture This is a case before the Appeals Board on interlocutory appeal filed by the employee, and the dispute was whether the employer should be required to pay the employee’s attorney’s …Read More


Former Assistant District Attorney General Joins Spicer Rudstrom PLLC

June 1, 2017

Federico Flores brings criminal defense and immigration practice to firm’s Knoxville office Knoxville, Tenn.—(June 1, 2017) Spicer Rudstrom PLLC announced today the addition of Federico A. Flores to its Knoxville office. Flores, a former Assistant District Attorney General, has prosecuted and defended a wide range of criminal actions across general sessions, grand jury and criminal …Read More


Pre-Existing Back Injury and Unreported Knee Injury Led to Defense Verdict for Spicer Rudstrom Client, Ricky Ray v. Boyd Metals of Fort Smith, Inc.

May 31, 2017

The presiding judge in a recent workers’ compensation case, Ricky Ray v. Boyd Metals of Fort Smith, Inc., ruled in the favor of Amy C. Markham, the managing attorney for Spicer Rudstrom’s Little Rock office, and her clients. In that case, Mr. Ray, an employee of Boyd Metals, alleged to have fallen and sustained an …Read More


Little Rock Attorney Secures Two Wins in Recent Workers’ Compensation Cases

May 25, 2017

Spicer Rudstrom attorney Amy C. Markham recently won two workers’ compensation cases for her clients. The first, Billy Frahm v. Training Resources & Consulting, involved the plaintiff alleging injuries resulting from a motor vehicle collision. Amy’s multiple defenses—the claimant sought unauthorized medical treatment and refusal of a drug screen, as well as denial of additional …Read More

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Trying to Get It Right

May 24, 2017

The Issued and Revised Formal Opinion 477R By Julie-Karel Elkin Although some lawyers may not have been paying attention, approximately five years ago the American Bar Association (ABA) adopted technology amendments to the Model Rules which included addressing a lawyer’s obligation to take reasonable measures to prevent inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure of information relating to …Read More


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