BUILDERS MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY v. ROBERT W. DAUGHTREY (TWCA August 25, 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 he sustained a compensable injury to his left arm. His employer denied the claim, contending that the injury was not caused by the employment, and also that the employee had failed to provide notice of his injury as required by the workers' compensation statute.
The trial court found that the injury was work-related, and awarded 60% permanent partial disability ("PPD") to the left arm. On appeal, the employer argues that the evidence preponderates against the trial court's findings on these issues, and that the trial court erred by failing to apply the missing witness rule as to the potential testimony of the treating physicians. We find no error, and affirm the judgment.
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