GAIL TUTEN v. JOHNSON CONTROLS, INC., ET AL. (TWCA August 25, 2010)
Employee developed carpal tunnel syndrome while employed as a factory worker by Johnson Controls, Inc. ("JCI"). After employee gave notice of her injury and received some treatment, Manufacturers Industrial Group ("MIG") bought the factory and became her employer. She had surgery on both arms and returned to work, but was then permanently laid off.
Employee brought an action against both JCI and MIG for workers' compensation benefits due to injuries sustained to her right and left hands and wrists. JCI and MIG each argued that the other should be liable for her workers' compensation benefits.
The trial court found that MIG was liable and awarded 48% permanent partial disability to both arms. MIG appealed. It contends that the trial court erred by assigning liability to it and by adopting the impairment rating of a physician chosen through the Medical Impairment Registry. MIG further argues that the award was excessive. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.
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