876 S.W.2d 293 (1993)

MODINE MANUFACTURING CO., Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Mary PATTERSON, Defendant-Appellant.

Supreme Court of Tennessee, at Knoxville.

Rehearing Filed July 16, 1993.

Order Denying Rehearing and Revising Opinion August 23, 1993.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Debra L. Hill and George H. Buxton, III, Oak Ridge, for appellee.

Lynn Bergwerk, Knoxville, for appellant.



The only issue raised in this workers' compensation appeal is whether a new provision in T.C.A. § 50-6-229(a) should be given retrospective application. A 1992 amendment to that statute permits the trial court to commute attorney fees in a workers' compensation case to payment in a lump sum, even though the disability award to the injured worker is not commuted.

This amendment was passed on May 5, 1992, as...

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