VICKY L. BENSON v. OLD REPUBLIC INSURANCE COMPANY, ET AL. (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. Vicky Benson ("Employee") developed bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome in 2002, as a result of her work for New Gray Cemetery ("Employer"). Her claim was accepted. She had surgery on her right arm in 2004 and returned to work. After her return, she was terminated for reasons not related to her injury. She continued to receive conservative medical treatment from time to time. She found new employment in 2006. In September 2007, her treating physician recommended surgery for her left arm.
Employer denied the claim, contending that her subsequent employer was liable for the condition and its effects. The trial court ruled that Employee's condition had been worsened by her later employment, and dismissed the claim. On appeal, Employee contends that the evidence preponderates against the trial court's finding. We affirm the judgment.
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