SANDRA JANE GARDNER v. RANDSTAD NORTH AMERICA, L.P. (TWCA November 1, 2010)
Employee alleged that she injured her left arm in the course of her employment. Employer denied liability, contending employee's injuries were not causally related to or arising from her employment.
The trial court found that employee injured her left wrist, left elbow, and left shoulder in the course and scope of her employment, and it awarded 39% permanent partial disability to the body as a whole. The trial court ordered employer to pay the treating physician the entire cost of surgery and treatment, and it ordered physician to reimburse TennCare. Employer has appealed.
We affirm as to the arm injury but conclude that the evidence preponderates against the trial court's finding that employee's shoulder injury was related to her employment. We also conclude that the trial court erred regarding the payment of medical expenses to the physician. Accordingly, we remand the case to the trial court for a determination of permanent partial disability to the arm and entry of an order regarding reimbursement of medical expenses.
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