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September 2022

Tennessee Appoints New Administrator and Workers’ Compensation Judge, Plus Other Recent Developments on the Firefighter Cancer Presumption and Mileage Reimbursement

New Administrator
Troy Haley, former Legislative Liaison of the Bureau, is now the new administrator for the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.  Troy succeeds Abbie Hudgens, who recently retired.

New Workers’ Compensation Judge in Memphis
Administrator Troy Haley has appointed Shaterra Reed Marion as a Judge on the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims, the adjudicative function within the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). She will be located in the Memphis office of the BWC. Judge Marion has practiced law in Tennessee since 2012, primarily in workers’ compensation and insurance defense. She has been Field Counsel in Memphis for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company/Law Offices of Julie Bhattacharya Peak since 2014. She will replace the recently retired Judge Deana Seymour on the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims in Memphis.

Firefighter Cancer Presumption
Effective July 1, 2022, Tennessee added leukemia and testicular cancer to the list of cancers (Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, and multiple myeloma cancer) for which a presumption is created that certain conditions or impairments of full-time firefighters arose out of employment, unless the contrary is shown by a preponderance of the evidence.

Mileage Reimbursement
Injured workers are entitled to request reimbursement for their travel expenses. Mileage reimbursement is a workers’ compensation benefit for injured workers who must travel outside a radius of 15 miles one way from their residence or workplace to an authorized medical provider or facility. The rate has been updated twice in 2022. For travel dates between January 2, 2022 to June 30, 2022, the reimbursement rate is $0.585 per mile.  For travel dates from July 1, 2022 to the present, the mileage reimbursement rate is $0.625.

For any questions, please contact:

Fredrick R. Baker, Member
Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones, PLLC
1420 Neal Street, Suite 201
P.O. Box 655
Cookeville, TN 38503-0655
Phone: 931-372-9123
Fax:  931-372-9181