September/October Case Law Update

By Attorney Alison Stewart and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar The issue in Masterbrand Cabinets, Inc. v. Simons was whether a tear of the claimant’s right quadriceps tendon was a scheduled injury of the leg or a whole body injury. The employer argued this was scheduled under 85.34 (2)(p) because it on…


Register Today - 2021 Virtual Annual Conference on Workers' Compensation

Today's Trends & Tomorrow's Solutions – The COVID Conundrum Wednesday, November 10, 2021Virtual - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm CSTComplementary Conference Presented by the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network in partnership with the WorkersCompensation.com Center for Education Excellence …


Shoulder Combined with Scheduled Member Compensated Industrially Under ‘Catch All’ Provision

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar In August of 2018, Claimant Carmer sustained an injury to her right shoulder while working for Nordstrom, Inc. The employer accepted liability for the right shoulder injury. Carmer underwent a right shoulder surgery and reac…


Iowa Court of Appeals Rules on IME Reimbursement

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar Iowa Code section 85.39 provides, in part, that: (1) an injured employee shall submit for a medical examination at no cost to them when directed by their employer, and (2) if a permanent disability determination is made …


Save the Date - 2021 Virtual NWCDN Annual Conference

SAVE THE DATE 2021 Virtual Annual Conference Presented by: National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network ~ Today's Trends & Tomorrow's Solutions – The COVID Conundrum ~ Wednesday, November 10, 2021 Begins at 10:00 a.m. CST Full Day of Programming This…


Iowa Court of Appeals Rules on Workers’ Compensation Matters

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar The Iowa Court of Appeals recently ruled on several workers’ compensation matters. In Pesicka v. Snap-On Logistics Company, the Claimant and Employer reached a settlement agreement following a foot injury. The parties agre…


Iowa Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Construction Company

Legal Update by Attorney Adam Bates and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar The Iowa Court of Appeals recently heard an appeal involving a claim for breach of implied warranty of workmanlike construction in McIntosh v. Classic Builders, Inc. The court ultimately ruled in favor of the Defendant c…


Shoulder Injury Found to Extend Into the Body as a Whole

Numerous decisions have interpreted the definition of “shoulder” since the Iowa legislature added it as a scheduled member under Iowa Code 85.34(n) in 2017. The most recent decision came on June 17, 2021 by Deputy Commissioner James Christenson in Bolinger v. Trillium Healthcare Gro…


Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation Updates its Website with 2021-2022 Information

The Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has updated its website with the following information. You can view the information by clicking on the corresponding links below or through the News and Updates webpage on the DWC website. Ratebook Spreadsheet for July 1, 2021 through June 30, …


Iowa District Court Affirms Agency Shoulder Decision

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar On April 29, 2021, an Iowa District Court affirmed a final decision of the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission relating to interpretation of the shoulder under amended section 85.34. You can view our briefing of t…


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