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Higginbotham v. WSI, et al.

Docket No. 20140019
Oral Argument: Monday, May 5, 2014 1:30pm

Docket Info

Title
James Higginbotham, Appellant
v.
Workforce Safety and Insurance, Appellee
and
Industrial Contractors, Inc., Respondent
Case Type
CIVIL APPEAL : WORKERS COMPENSATION
Appeal From
Case No. 2013-CV-00537
South Central Judicial District, Morton County
Donald L. Jorgensen
2014 ND 147849 N.W.2d 233
Oral Argument 5/5/2014

Highlight

Whether a potential commute or relocation is unreasonably expensive cannot be determined when the employee has not yet searched for or been offered employment.
Functional limitations at the time the claimant was performing a job should be considered when determining whether an employment option presents an opportunity for substantial gainful employment.
When there is no evidence of a functional limitation during the development of a vocational rehabilitation plan, WSI should develop the plan without considering the alleged limitation.


Briefs

Filing Date Description
02/27/2014 APPELLANT BRIEF View
03/28/2014 APPELLEE BRIEF View

Counsel

Party Type Name
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Stephen D Little - 03323
APPELLEE SPEC. ASST. ATTY. GEN. Douglas W Gigler - 04984
RESPONDENT PRIVATE PRACTICE Lawrence E King - 04997

(Note: Attachments may not be available for recently filed cases and/or confidential documents.)

Seq. # Filing Date Description Attachment
1 01/21/2014 NOTICE OF APPEAL : 01/21/2014
2 01/23/2014 Disk-Transcript (Administative Agency Transcript dated 05/02/13) (e-mailed)
3 02/27/2014 APPELLANT BRIEF View
4 02/27/2014 APPELLANT APPENDIX
5 02/27/2014 DISK (ATB) (e-mailed)
6 02/28/2014 ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED February 28, 2014 (ENTRY NOS.1-65)
7 03/28/2014 APPELLEE BRIEF View
8 03/28/2014 E-FILED BRIEF
9 03/31/2014 Rec'd $25 e-filing surcharge for AEB (receipt #22716)
10 04/01/2014 Rec'd 7 copies of ATB from Central Duplicating
11 04/01/2014 Notice from Mr. King that he is joining in the brief of WSI, and appearing, but not arguing
12 04/21/2014 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
13 05/05/2014 APPEARANCES: Stephen Little/Douglas Gigler/Lawrence King
14 05/05/2014 ARGUED: Little/Gigler
15 05/05/2014 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
16 07/17/2014 DISPOSITION
17 07/17/2014 UNANIMOUS OPINION : Kapsner, Carol Ronning View
18 07/17/2014 Judgment Sent to Parties
19 07/25/2014 PETITION FOR REHEARING View
20 07/25/2014 DISK (PER)(e-mailed)
21 07/31/2014 ACTION BY SUPREME COURT - Denied
22 08/14/2014 MANDATE