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Court of Workers' Compensation Claims

The Tennessee Legislature passed comprehensive Workers’ Compensation reform legislation in 2013 that went into effect in 2014. The reform created a new, administrative Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims within the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.  The Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims adjudicates disputed claims if the date injury is on or after July 1, 2014.  Our mission is to provide a fair, efficient, and professional system to employees and employers that will promote economic prosperity for all Tennesseans. Our vision is to operate the best workers’ compensation system in the Southeast. We operate with core values: unimpeachable ethics, honesty, superior customer service, devotion to the pursuit of excellence, impartiality, fairness, integrity and efficiency. 

View the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims' Practices and Procedures.

Guidebook for Employees Without an Attorney

The Judges of the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims

Workers’ Compensation Judges appointed by the Administrator of the Bureau preside over courtrooms in each of the Bureau's area offices.  The judges are:

  • Brian Addington
  • Joshua Baker
  • Robert Durham
    Cookeville & Murfreesboro
  • Audrey Headrick
  • Pamela Johnson
  • Lisa Lowe
  • Amber Luttrell
    Jackson & Memphis
  • Allen Phillips
    Jackson & Memphis
  • Dale Tipps
    Murfreesboro & Nashville
  • Jim Umsted
  • Thomas Wyatt
  • Ken Switzer, Chief Judge




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Explanation of Benefits
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Practice and Procedures
Settlement Approval Times
Mediation and Hearing Procedures
Rules of Evidence & Procedure