Brown v. Home DepotAnnotate this Case
Claimant Gary Brown filed a complaint with the Industrial Commission seeking disability benefits after he injured his back while working for The Home Depot. Arguing that the injuries caused by the accident in combination with his preexisting conditions, left him permanently and totally disabled, Claimant sought workers' compensation benefits from both Home Depot and the Idaho Industrial Special Indemnity Fund (ISIF). The Commission determined that Claimant was not permanently and totally disabled. Claimant contended on appeal that the Commission erred by evaluating his ability to find work based upon his access to the local labor market at the time his medical condition stabilized in 2005. He argued that his labor market access should have been evaluated as of the date of the Commission hearing in 2009. He also argued that the Commission based its finding that he was 95 percent disabled on an incorrect understanding of the expert testimony presented at the hearing. Upon review, the Supreme Court held that Claimant's labor market at the time of the disability hearing was the proper labor market to be used in evaluating his disability. But because the Commission applied an incorrect legal standard, the Court vacated the Commission's decision and remanded the case for further proceedings.