WORKER’S COMPENSATION AND RELATED LAWS — INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION
SECURITY FOR COMPENSATION
72-332. Payment for second injuries from industrial special indemnity account. (1) If an employee who has a permanent physical impairment from any cause or origin, incurs a subsequent disability by an injury or occupational disease arising out of and in the course of his employment, and by reason of the combined effects of both the pre-existing impairment and the subsequent injury or occupational disease or by reason of the aggravation and acceleration of the pre-existing impairment suffers total and permanent disability, the employer and surety shall be liable for payment of compensation benefits only for the disability caused by the injury or occupational disease, including scheduled and unscheduled permanent disabilities, and the injured employee shall be compensated for the remainder of his income benefits out of the industrial special indemnity account.
(2) "Permanent physical impairment" is as defined in section 72-422, Idaho Code, provided, however, as used in this section such impairment must be a permanent condition, whether congenital or due to injury or disease, of such seriousness as to constitute a hindrance or obstacle to obtaining employment or to obtaining re-employment if the claimant should become employed. This shall be interpreted subjectively as to the particular employee involved, however, the mere fact that a claimant is employed at the time of the subsequent injury shall not create a presumption that the pre-existing permanent physical impairment was not of such seriousness as to constitute such hindrance or obstacle to obtaining employment.
[72-332, added I.C., sec. 72-332, as added by 1971, ch. 124, sec. 3, p. 422; am. 1978, ch. 264, sec. 9, p. 579; am. 1981, ch. 261, sec. 2, p. 553; am. 1991, ch. 155, sec. 1, p. 371.]