Attorneys Hook and Smith win case at the Supreme Court of Iowa: Anita Gumm v. Easter Seals

On Friday, May 1, 2020, the Supreme Court of Iowa issued its decision in Anita Gumm v. Easter Seals, in which the Supreme Court agreed with the arguments that had been extensively briefed and then argued by attorneys Lee Hook and Tyler Smith on behalf of Easter Seals. The issue before the…


Iowa COVID-19 FAQs

Legal Update by Attorneys Alison Stewart & Steve Durick 1.  Is a positive COVID-19 diagnosis a compensable work injury? In Iowa there is not a black and white answer about compensability relating to the coronavirus. These claims must be evaluated on a case by case basis. Iowa is a…


March 11, 2020: Iowa Legal Update

Legal Update by Attorneys Nick Cooling & Alison Stewart Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Responds to Coronavirus On Friday, March 13, 2020, Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Cortese filed an Order responding to Coronavirus concerns. In-person hearings will be suspended beginning…


January 2020: Workers' Compensation Update

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart Happy New Year from Peddicord Wharton! Here is what’s new in Iowa: The Iowa Court of Appeals recently affirmed a favorable agency decision in Harrod v. Advance Services, Inc. and Ace American Insurance Company. The case was defended by Peddicord…


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…


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.…


The Iowa Court of Appeals Revisits Basis of Cumulative Injury Claims in the Context of Successive Injuries

Legal Update by Attorney Tyler Smith Gumm v. Easter Seal Society of Iowa, File No. 18-1051 (Iowa, May 15, 2019) The issue in this case involved whether a claimant, after sustaining a traumatic, acute injury, is allowed to bring a cumulative injury claim with regard to symptoms/injuries to…


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. Clark, et al v. Ins. Co. of the State of Penn., File No.…


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 rule rendering…


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 PetitionPella Corp. v. Winn, File No. 17-1545, 2019 WL 156579 (Iowa Ct. App. Jan. 9, 2019) The Iowa Court…


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