A-13-0510, Darrell Johnson v. DHS Drilling Company and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company (Appellants)
Workers’ Compensation Court, Judge Michael Fitzgerald
Attorney for Appellants: Thomas J. Freeman, Thomas D. Wulff (Wulff & Freeman, LLC)
Attorney for Appellee: Jamie Gaylene Scholz (Law Offices of Jamie G. Scholz, PC LLO)
Workers Compensation Action: Compensability of Injuries and Benefits
Action Taken by Trial Court: The trial court found that Johnson’s need for a total knee replacement was caused by the work-related accident and awarded Johnson future medical care to include the knee replacement, temporary total disability benefits, and a vocational rehabilitation evaluation. The court also ordered DHS Drilling to pay waiting time penalties and attorney fees.
Assignments of Error on Appeal: Did the trial court err in finding that Johnson’s need for a right knee replacement was caused by his work-related injury? Did the trial court err in allowing Dr. Friedlein’s opinion into evidence? Did the trial court err in awarding Johnson temporary total disability benefits? Did the trial court err in finding that Johnson was entitled to a vocational rehabilitation evaluation? Did the trial court err in awarding Johnson waiting time penalties and attorney fees? Did the trial court err in failing to provide a well-reasoned decision under Workers’ Comp. Ct. R. of Proc. 11(A)?