OF JUDGMENT: 04/13/2017
COMMISSION MISSISSIPPI WORKERS'
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: ANGELA WRIGHT (PRO SE)
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEES: BRYAN GRAY BRIDGES
LEE, C.J., CARLTON AND WESTBROOKS, JJ.
Angela Wright was employed by Minact Logistical Services at
the Nissan Plant located in Canton, Mississippi. On July 9,
2012, Wright was involved in an incident where she fell off a
crate she was seated on in the back of a Fed-Ex truck driven
by a supervisor. Wright and Minact agreed to a settlement on
October 21, 2016. On February 22, 2017, Wright requested the
Mississippi Workers' Compensation Commission re-open her
claim. The Commission denied her request. Wright, appearing
pro se, appeals from that order. Finding no error, we affirm.
On July 9, 2012, Wright, employed by Minact, was instructed
to ride in the back of a Fed-Ex truck by two supervisors at
the Nissan Plant in Canton, Mississippi. The back of the
truck did not have any seats, nor did it have any seatbelts,
and Wright was instructed to sit on a crate. During the ride,
Wright was thrown off the crate and injured her back. Over
the span of four years, Wright saw at least nine different
doctors regarding her work-related injuries. While it was
undisputed between the parties that Wright had a compensable
physical injury, it was disputed as to what extent she was
disabled and whether her psychological injuries were related
to her physical injuries. Due to the varying opinions of the
physicians and at the encouragement of the Administrative
Judge, both sides agreed to mediation.
At first, Wright seemed to have many hesitations to mediate,
but ultimately she agreed to a settlement on October 21,
2016. Four months later, on February 22, 2017, Wright wrote a
letter requesting the Full Commission to re-open her claim.
In her letter, Wright stated that she felt her attorney did
not do his job properly, she also stated she did not read the
settlement herself, and she was forced into mediation by the
Administrative Judge. On April 13, 2017, the Commission
denied her request, stating that she had "failed to
present any evidence to establish 'a change in
conditions' or 'a mistake in determination of
fact' as grounds for this matter to be reopened."
Now, Wright timely appeals from the order denying her claim
to re-open. Finding no error, we affirm.
The Commission "sits as the ultimate finder of facts in
deciding compensation cases, and therefore, its findings are
subject to normal, deferential standards upon review."
Pilate v. Int'l Plastics Corp., 727
So.2d 771, 774 (¶12) (Miss. Ct. App. 1999) (internal
quotation marks omitted). This Court will only reverse the
findings of the Commission if the findings are "clearly
erroneous." J.R. Logging v. Halford, 765 So.2d
580, 583 (¶13) (Miss. Ct. App. 2000) (citing Evans
v. Cont'l Grain Co., 372 So.2d 265, 269
(Miss. 1979)). A finding is clearly erroneous if,
"although there is some slight evidence to support it,
the reviewing court on the entire evidence is left with the
definite and firm conviction that a mistake has been made by
the Commission in its findings of fact and in its application
of the [Workers' Compensation] Act." Id.
the Commission erred in denying Wright's request ...