Vaccination Legislation

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar Five Iowa Senators recently sponsored a bill related to COVID-19 and other vaccinations. Senate File 193 would prohibit employers from imposing vaccination mandates. Under the proposed bill, employers could not refuse to…


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 addressed workers’ compensation benefits, causation, and penalties in Regional Care Hospital Partners Inc. v. Marrs. Claimant Marrs injured her back and neck while working as a n…


Clarissa Bierstedt Named Partner at Peddicord Wharton

Attorney Clarissa Bierstedt was named Partner at Peddicord Wharton effective January 1, 2021.  Clarissa focuses her practice on civil litigation, including personal injury, commercial litigation, products liability, professional liability, contract disputes, and employment law. She represen…


Iowa Supreme Court Rules on Gross Negligence Against Co-Employees

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar The Iowa Supreme Court recently released an opinion in Terry v. Dorothy, ruling on a gross negligence claim against a co-employee. In October of 2015, Brian Terry, an employee of Lutheran Services in Iowa, sustained se…


Chavez v. MS Technology Shoulder Decision

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar In Deng v. Farmland Foods, it was determined that “shoulder” under § 85.34(2)(n) is not limited to the glenohumeral joint, and at least includes the muscles that make up the rotator cuff. Our brief…


Peddicord Wharton Recognized by Best Lawyers® in 2021 Edition

Peddicord Wharton has been recognized in the practice area of Workers' Compensation - Employers by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for its 2021 rankings. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and …


National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network - Virtual Conference

REGISTER TODAY National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network - Virtual Conference Thursday, November 12, 20209:00 am - 6:00 pm  CST Complimentary Seminar Please join us for the NWCDN National Conference which is VIRTUAL this year in response to the COVID-19 restrictions. We look forward to pro…


Recent Appeal Decision Expands the Definition of the Shoulder

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar A recent Commissioner Appeal Decision in Deng v. Farmland Foods, Inc., Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Joseph Cortese II determined that the Iowa Legislature intended “shoulder” in section 85.34(2)(n) to encompass mor…


Recent Agency Decision and Hearing Update

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar The Court of Appeals Rules on Commutation of Workers’ Compensation Benefits In VanGetson v. Aero Concrete, LTD & Westco Ins. Co., Claimants filed arbitration petitions with the workers’ compensation commissioner in…


Alison Stewart Named to Super Lawyers' Rising Stars 2020

Attorney Alison Stewart was named a Rising Star in the area of Workers' Compensation in the 2020 edition of Super Lawyers®, which is part of Thomson Reuters. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of p…


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