Workers Compensation Appeals Panel Upholds Rejection of Permanent Total Disability Claim By Trial Court

Burrow Lee, PLLC defended General Motors in a workers compensation case where the employee sought permanent total disability benefits at trial (James Harrison v. General Motors, LLC).  This could have led to an award of in excess of $400,000.00 in disability benefits.  We successfully defended the case at trial and the employee was only awarded workers compensation benefits for PPD totaling $18,545.76.  This case was appealed to the Tennessee Special Workers Compensation Appeals panel and the appellate court rejected the appeal of the employee.  The Court found that the trial courts determination that the defense expert was more persuasive on the issue of permanent total disability than the expert of the employee, was appropriate and affirmed the trial court ruling.


Summary Judgment Granted for Client in Slip and Fall Case

We obtained summary judgment in slip and fall claim at a convenience store in Jackson, TN.  This was in the Circuit Court of Madison County where the Court determined, based upon our Motion for Summary Judgment, the plaintiff could not identify and prove the dangerous condition which allegedly caused his fall.  At the mediation prior to the Motion for Summary Judgment, the last and lowest demand of settlement was $190,000.00.  This was as associated with the plaintiff’s loss/discontinuance of employment, medical bills and asserted pain and suffering.


Workers Compensation Defense Verdict on Claim of Bilateral Knee Septic Arthritis

We obtained a defense verdict in east Tennessee as associated with an employee’s claim of septic arthritis allegedly associated with an injury to his leg. In the case of Gary Burleson v. Doyle’s Tire Service Inc., and Federated Mutual Insurance Co., Docket No. 2016-02-0033, the Court determined and the Appellate Court affirmed the employee failed to establish he injured his ACL and/or MCL as a result of the work accident and could not, therefore, prove the septic arthritis alleged was caused primarily by his alleged work injury. The Court found the defendant employer’s expert testimony more credible than that of the employee and, therefore, held the employee failed to establish a work-related injury and entered a defense verdict for the employer/insurer which was affirmed on appeal.


Obtained Summary Judgment for Landlord on Premises Liability Case Where Plaintiff Lost His Leg

We were able to litigate a very serious premises liability injury case against our Landlord client where the plaintiff fell from a height and lost his leg.  Our client was dismissed on summary judgment because the Landlord was not legally responsible for the injury of the Plaintiff.


Voluntary Dismissal of Landlord Client for Fight that Occurred at Restaurant Causing Severe Injury

Our client was a landlord who owned a strip mall in Memphis, Tennessee.  They were sued due to a fight that occurred on one of their Tenant’s property.  This was was significantly litigated and defended by our firm.  The plaintiff voluntarily dismissed our client with no money paid, ending the lengthy litigation against our client.