WENDY BLAIR v. WYNDHAM VACATION OWNERSHIP, INC. (TWCA July 28, 2010)
Pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51, this workers' compensation appeal has been referred to the Special Workers' Compensation Appeals Panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law. Wendy Blair ("Employee") sustained injuries as a result of a fall which occurred in the course of her work as a sales agent for Wyndham Vacation Ownership ("Employer").
The trial court found that she suffered permanent injuries to her neck and lower back due to the fall and that she had not made a meaningful return to work. The trial court awarded Employee 78% permanent partial disability ("PPD") benefits to the body as a whole. Employer has appealed from that judgment. We conclude that the trial court erred in its finding that Employee did not have a meaningful return to work. Consequently, we modify the judgment to award 19.5% PPD to the body as a whole.
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