Magee v. Thompson Creek Mining Co.Annotate this Case
In 2006, Appellant V. J. Magee sustained a work-related injury causing harm to his lumbar spine and impacting the use of his right leg, leaving him in chronic pain. The Idaho Industrial Commission found that Appellant suffered a compensable industrial accident, that he sustained a ten percent permanent partial impairment to the whole body, and sustained a twenty percent permanent partial disability to the whole body. Magee appealed to the Supreme Court, which affirmed the Commission's 2004 decision. While that appeal was still pending, Appellant filed a second complaint with the Commission, arguing that the Commission's 2004 decision should be modified because of a change in his condition. The Commission held a second hearing, additional evidence was presented, and the Commission issued a final decision, concluding that Appellant failed to prove that a change in condition had occurred. The Commission also found that its earlier 2004 decision did not result in manifest injustice and that the benefit claims, which were previously litigated, were barred by res judicata. Upon review, the Supreme Court concluded that Appellant failed to establish a change in condition, that the 2004 decision did not result in manifest injustice, and that the issues regarding his medical benefits were barred under res judicata.