Benavides v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board et al.Annotate this Case
Petitioner and his employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier agreed to a stipulated award after petitioner was injured during the course and scope of his employment as a roofer. After a timely petition to reopen, the appeals board rescinded the disability rating at issue, concluding that there was no good cause to reopen the case. Petitioner sought review of the appeals board's decision. The court concluded that when petitioner brought his petition to reopen, the evidence clearly established that the stipulated award was inequitable. Moreover, substantial evidence did not support the appeals board's decision to deny the petition to reopen. Therefore, the court annulled the decision of the appeals board and remanded with directions to reinstate the award of the workers' compensation judgment entered in April 2013.