DONNA ISBELL v. JIMMY DEAN FOODS (TWCA August 16, 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. The employee alleged that she sustained a repetitive motion injury to her chest and back. Her employer denied liability. Three doctors testified concerning the issues of causation and permanency. The trial court found that the employee had sustained a compensable injury, and awarded 16% permanent partial disability ("PPD") benefits to the body as a whole.
On appeal, the employer contends that the trial court erred by awarding any benefits. The employee contends that the award is inadequate. We agree with the employee and increase the award to 30% PPD to the body as a whole and otherwise affirm the judgment of the trial court.
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