Introducing WCES and CourtCall at the Division of Iowa Workers’ Compensation

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart WCES - Workers' Compensation Electronic System  A new electronic filing system is tentatively scheduled to be implemented beginning in December of 2018. The new system will be known as Workers’ Compensation Electronic System, or WCES (pronounced…


Late Settlement Sanction

Legal Update by Attorney Kathryn Johnson By order of the Commissioner, beginning July 1, 2018, the Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation will impose a monetary late settlement sanction on parties in cases where settlements are reported to the Division less than 24 hours before the scheduled …


Calculating the Rate of Compensation – Tips, Tricks and Traps

Legal Update by Attorney Kathryn Johnson When an employee has been injured and is entitled to temporary or permanent workers’ compensation benefits, a calculation of the employee’s average weekly wage and rate is required. In order to calculate the rate of compensation, the “gross earnings” of…


Amendment to Iowa’s “Failure to Use Seatbelt Comparative Fault Statute”

Legal Update by Attorney Clarissa Bierstedt On March 15, 2018, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law an amendment to Iowa Code Section 321.445. This statute provides in part that a plaintiff’s failure to use a seat belt as required by Iowa law may be admitted as evidence of the…


New Development in Industrial Disability and Return to Work

Legal Update by Attorney Tyler Smith The Iowa Workers’ Compensation law underwent significant changes last legislative session (2017), going into effect for work-related injuries occurring after July 1, 2017. For a comprehensive summary, look (for those changes to the Iowa Code) here…


New Workers’ Compensation Legislation and Administrative Rules

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart On March 30, 2017, new legislation signed into law by Governor Branstad made significant changes to the Iowa Workers’ Compensation laws. On December 20, 2017, new administrative rules were adopted. These changes will be applied to injuries…


Online Fraud Reporting System

A new Fraud Bureau within the Iowa Insurance Division investigates insurance fraud in workers’ compensation cases, which is a Class D Felony under Iowa Code Chapter 507E. Below is the link to the online reporting form to be used to report potential fraud to the Bureau. The form is also linked…


Legal Update - Workers' Compensation Legislation

Legal Update by Attorney Lee Hook Major legislative changes occurred in Iowa effective for all injuries that occur on or after July 1, 2017. Under prior law injured workers were awarded permanency benefits based on loss of earning capacity for non-extremity type injuries including the neck,…


Legal Update – Medical Malpractice Legislation

Legal Update by Attorney Clarissa Bierstedt Both the Iowa House and the Iowa Senate have approved legislation that would cap financial awards in medical malpractice lawsuits except in severe cases. The bill passed the Senate on a 37-12 vote and the House on a 65-32 vote. The bill added a new…


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