Mike Brooks, Inc. v. HouseAnnotate this Case
In 2005, James House began working as a commercial truck driver for Mike Brooks, Inc. In 2007, House slipped and fell in any icy parking lot while retrieving cargo and injured his back. House returned to work but experienced regular back pain after doing so. In 2008, House pushed open a heavy door and experienced an increase in pain and a burning sensation in the area of his 2007 back injury. House filed a petition for workers’ compensation benefits. A deputy commissioner found House had sustained a permanent total disability (PTD) and rejected Brooks’ contention that the 2008 incident resulted in an injury distinct from the 2007 injury. The commissioner affirmed the award of PTD benefits, including the finding that House’s injury and resulting PTD were caused by the 2007 incident. The district court affirmed. The court of appeals reversed, concluding that the commissioner’s finding of causation was not supported by substantial evidence. The Supreme Court vacated the court of appeals and affirmed the district court’s decision, holding that substantial evidence supported the causation finding made by the commissioner.