Conclusion The utilization of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development to conclude cases continues to increase. For 2008, 60% of cases were settlements approved by the Department. Trials are occurring in less than 1% of Tennessee workers compensation cases. It takes an average of 37 weeks for a case to conclude once MMI is reached. The average age, level of education and compensation rate of injured workers are all increasing.
Conclusion Average medical costs for permanent disability cases appear to have leveled off. Body as a whole, arm and leg injury cases where the injured worker was returned to pre-injury employment all show decreases in PPD percentage amounts and PPD multipliers. The percentage of permanent total and death cases continues to be diminishing. The percent of trial verdicts appealed as compared to the number of trials is increasing.