PRIANGLAM BROOKS v. CORRECTIONAL MEDICAL SERVICES (TWCA February 25, 2011)
Employee sustained a compensable injury to her lower back. Employer initially provided medical treatment, but Employer's insurer subsequently declined to provide additional medical treatment. Employee sought treatment on her own. Her treating physician found that she retained a 15% permanent impairment as a result of her injury. An examining physician for Employer opined that she had no impairment. A physician was selected through the Medical Impairment Registry ("MIR") process. That physician also stated that Employee had no permanent impairment.
The trial court found that Employee rebutted the presumption of correctness of the MIR physician's rating by clear and convincing evidence pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated section 50-6-204(d)(5) and awarded 20% permanent partial disability. Both sides appealed. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.
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