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Former town recorder files workman’s comp claim

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By Beth Braden

One week after submitting a resignation, former Jellico town recorder Linda Douglas has filed a workman’s compensation claim against the town.

Douglas injured her back on Nov. 8 while moving boxes, according to a notice from Douglas’s attorney Dave Dunaway to Jellico Mayor Les Stiers.

“Since that time and because of the impending economic situation in which the City of Jellico was involved, Ms. Douglas was not given time to recuperate from her injuries,” the letter said.

The letter goes on to request a benefit review conference by a panel of three orthopedic physicians not in practice with one another in order to review Douglas’ injuries.

The disputed issue cited in the benefit review request is the “degree of disability.”

According to the request, Douglas received payment for temporary disability benefits, and was assigned an impairment rating through a physician, an independent medical examination and the medical impairment rating registry.

The claim has been turned over to TML, according to Stiers. 

“I’ve turned it over to the TML. She has turned in paperwork for an alleged injury that she received on Nov. 8, and that’s all I can comment,” Stiers said.

The town continues to operate without a town recorder, with town court clerk Jackie Richardson filling in as needed.  The position for town recorder will be filled after the board of mayor and aldermen formally accepts Douglas’s resignation at the Dec. 20 meeting.