Iowa Supreme Court Clarifies 2017 Amendment to Statute Relating to Employer Reimbursement for IMEs

Legal Update by Attorney Morgan Todd Borron In 2017, the Iowa Legislature overhauled Iowa Code Chapter 85 and made numerous amendments to previously established workers’ compensation statutes, and the impact of those amendments continues to be the center of much of the workers’ compensation litigat…


2023 National Workers' Compensation Defense Network conference

Peddicord Wharton invites its clients to attend the 2023 National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network conference October 18-19 in Chicago. Learn more about the NWCDN. Peddicord Wharton is a proud member of the NWCDN. This conference is open to NWCDN member firms and their invited guests. Today's …


Iowa Court of Appeals Rules on Expert Credibility and the AMA Guides in a Workers' Compensation Matter

Legal Update by Attorneys Alison Stewart and Jordan Gehlhaar and Law Clerk Darbi Spellman The issues in Bryan Barry v. John Deere Dubuque Works of Deere & Company were (1) whether the Commissioner abused his discretion when he rejected an expert opinion for lack of credibility, and (2) whether…


Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation releases rate information effective July 1, 2023

The Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation has released updated rate information that will be in effect from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024. Peddicord Wharton has updated its rate and interest calculators which can be found on our website under the Resources page. We hope you will take advantag…


Seeking Associate Attorney in Civil Litigation

Peddicord Wharton, LLP seeks hard-working, self-motivated individual for an Associate Attorney position in our fast-paced, high-volume law firm located in West Des Moines, Iowa. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 1-3 years of experience as an attorney working in civil litigation. Since 1965…


Founder Dale Peddicord Awarded 2023 Alumnus of the Year from Drake Law School

Peddicord Wharton LLP’s founder, Dale Peddicord, was awarded 2023 Alumnus of the Year by the Drake University Law School at its annual Supreme Court Celebration Banquet. Dale (left) with Jack Wharton This award, given by the Dean of Drake's Law School, recognizes Drake Law alumni who have demonstr…


Changes to Iowa Administrative Code Impacting Full Commutations in Workers’ Compensation Cases

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart Once the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner makes an arbitration award, instead of receiving permanent disability or death benefits on a weekly basis, the Claimant can opt to receive payment in a lump sum. In some cases, both parties elect this option as…


Peddicord Wharton Moves Offices

We have moved! Our new address is: 4949 Westown Parkway, Suite 200West Des Moines, IA 50266 Aside from our physical address, our contact information has not changed. We are excited to serve our clients from our new space.


Deciphering Falls at Work: Explained, Unexplained, and Idiopathic

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart and Law Clerk Morgan Todd Borron When a worker falls at work, and the fall cannot be attributed to an acute event caused by the work (e.g., tripping over an object, slipping on ice or water, losing balance while carrying an object, etc.), the fall will likely…


Attorney Tyler Smith Named Partner at Peddicord Wharton

Attorney Tyler Smith has been named Partner at Peddicord Wharton, effective January 1, 2023. Tyler focuses his practice in the areas of workers' compensation, personal injury, and employment litigation. As a trial lawyer, he helps clients see the “big picture” or long-term strategy of the case, wh…


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