Three Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2020 Edition

The following three Peddicord Wharton attorneys have been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© for the 2020 edition.

Workers' Compensation - Employers

  • Lee Hook -- 2011 - 2020
  • Tim Wegman -- 2020
  • Alison Stewart -- 2020

Since it was first published in...

Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Has Implemented an eFiling System

Legal Update by Attorneys Alison Stewart and Nick Cooling

A new electronic filing system has been implemented beginning July 22, 2019. The new system is known as Workers’ Compensation Electronic System, or WCES (pronounced “wick-ess”). The system will provide for electronic filing of all pleadings and...

Alison Stewart Named to Super Lawyers' Rising Stars 2019

Attorney Alison Stewart was named a  Rising Star in the area of Workers' Compensation in the 2019 edition of Super Lawyers®, which is part of Thomson Reuters. ...

Work Comp Calculators Updated on Peddicord Wharton Website

Peddicord Wharton is excited to announce that its rate and interest calculators have been updated. We encourage you to visit the Resources page on our website and take advantage of the resources we have there for you, including a...

Iowa Supreme Court Addresses Standards for Employment Discrimination Claims

Legal Update by Attorney Clarissa Bierstedt

In the case of Hawkins v. Grinnell Regional Medical Center, a terminated employee (Hawkins) sued his former employer (Grinnell) alleging they discriminated against him because of his age and his disability – i.e., his status as a cancer patient....

Iowa Supreme Court Addresses Work Comp Insurer, Third-Party Administrator Liability for Civil Damages

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart

Two recent Iowa Supreme Court decisions have addressed liability of workers’ compensation carriers and third-party administrators. In both cases, the Court declined to extend liability.


Peddicord Wharton partners with SFM Insurance on Work Comp Seminar

Providing an in-depth look from a variety of angles at Iowa’s workers’ compensation laws, Peddicord Wharton attorneys partnered with SFM Insurance Companies to present a full-day seminar to SFM clients on May 10, 2019.

The Peddicord firm is committed in helping to keep clients up-to-date on work...

Idiopathic Fall Legislative Update

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart

Governor Reynolds has signed a bill relating to workplace idiopathic falls (SF 507). This bill has become law in response to the 2018 Iowa Supreme Court decision, Bluml v. Long John Silvers, where the Court said there was no blanket...

Attorney Bierstedt Obtains Summary Judgment of Breach of Contract Claim

Attorney Clarissa Bierstedt obtained summary judgment and complete dismissal of a breach of contract claim filed against her client. In her motion for summary judgment, she argued that the plaintiff failed to prove the existence of a contract or the essential terms of...

Recent Work Comp Decisions by Iowa Court of Appeals

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart

Recently, the Iowa Court of Appeals handed down some decisions relating to workers’ compensation.    

Timely Filing of a Review-Reopening Petition
Pella Corp. v. Winn, File No. 17-1545, 2019 WL 156579 (Iowa Ct. App. Jan. ...



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