Recent Agency Decision: Zachary Martinez v. Pavlich, Inc. & National Interstate Insurance

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar On July 30, 2020, Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Joseph Cortese II issued an appeal decision in Martinez v. Palvich, Inc. & National Interstate Insurance. Joseph Martinez was injured on April 16, 2018 while hauli…


Webinar - Back to Basics in Work Comp - September 22

Complementary webinar series for Peddicord Wharton clients and partners Back to Basics in Work Comp - Part 2 of 3Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 10:00 AM CST This webinar is produced by the National Workers' Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN), in partnership with the Workers' Compens…


Five Attorneys Recognized in Practice Areas by “The Best Lawyers in America©”

Four attorneys from Peddicord Wharton were recently selected by their peers to be recognized in respective practice areas by The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 edition for Des Moines, and one attorney was recognized as Ones to Watch, a new category this year.  Best Lawyers in America (2021 Editi…


Webinar - Back to Basics in Work Comp - August 13

Complementary webinar series for Peddicord Wharton clients and partners Back to Basics in Work Comp - Part 1 of 3 Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM CST Peddicord Wharton attorney Steven Durick will be among the presenters for the webinar. Part One will cover basic tips a…


UPDATE: Supreme Court of Iowa COVID-19 Impact on Court Services

Legal Update by Attorney Tyler Smith and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar On May 22, 2020, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an order regarding the COVID-19 impact on court services. On May 26, 2020 the Iowa Judicial Branch released an updated summary of modifications to court procedures and judici…


Iowa COVID-19 Legislation

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart On June 18, 2020, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law a piece of legislation relating to premises liability immunity for COVID-19 exposure, known as Senate File 2338. The Iowa House had previously passed this legislation. The legislation original…


Premises Liability Case Law Update

Legal Update by Attorney Clarissa Bierstedt On June 5, 2020, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a Ruling in the case of Debra Gries v. Ames Ecumenical Housing, Inc. d/b/a Stonehaven Apts. In the case, Plaintiff, Debra Gries, claimed she slipped and fell on an icy sidewalk outside her apartm…


Medical Malpractice Case Law Update

Legal Update by Attorney Clarissa Bierstedt On March 12, 2020, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a ruling in the medical malpractice case of Sharon Susie and Larry Susie v. Family Health Care of Siouxland, P.L.C. et al. In this case, the plaintiff, Sharon Susie, lost an arm and toes due to …


Iowa Workers’ Compensation Agency Update – June 2020

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart 1. The Commissioner has extended the suspension of in-person hearings in regular procedure contested cases proceedings through at least September 14, 2020. More information can be found here. 2. The following information and resources will be in effect …


Jordan Gehlhaar Joins as Summer Law Clerk

Jordan Gehlhaar has joined Peddicord Wharton as a 2020 summer law clerk. She will be conducting research, drafting blog content, and drafting initial versions of motions, discovery, and correspondence on behalf of multiple attorneys in multiple areas of practice.  Jordan is a 1st year law …


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