JACK KELTON v. BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS HOLDING, INC., ET AL. (TWCA July 8, 2010)
In this workers' compensation action, the employee alleged that he sustained compensable injuries to his neck and lower back. His employer asserted that his injuries were the result of pre-existing degenerative conditions, or in the alternative, were worsened by an automobile accident which occurred after the alleged work injuries. The trial court found the neck injury to be compensable, but denied recovery for the alleged lower back injury. It awarded 85% permanent partial disability benefits, temporary total disability benefits, and required the employer to provide medical care for the neck injury. The employer has appealed arguing that the evidence preponderates against the trial court's findings. We affirm the judgment.
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