When an employee receives an award for permanent total disability, the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission retains jurisdiction over the case, and may modify or suspend the benefits by a motion filed by either party expressing the change in the physical condition of the claimant.
[A]n employer [cannot] come in and get an award diminished by showing that the condition of the employee, existing at the time the original award was made, did cause a shorter period of disability than the commission found it had; nor by showing that, although the same condition still existed, it would cause a shorter period of disability than the commission found it would. An employer, to be entitled to an order diminishing an award, must show that the original condition, upon which the award was predicated, no longer existed either because of a gradual and progressive improvement which had finally resulted in a substantially improved condition or because the original condition.
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