Bras for the Cause 2019 has Staff Members Designing

For the 8th consecutive year, Peddicord Wharton staff members have again designed Bras – 8 wildly different designs shown below – to be auctioned at the 13th annual Gala fundraiser, Bras for the Cause. The 2019 Gala will be held Thursday, October 10, at the Franklin Jr. High Event Center,…


Three Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2020 Edition

The following three Peddicord Wharton attorneys have been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© for the 2020 edition. Workers' Compensation - Employers Lee Hook -- 2011 - 2020 Tim Wegman -- 2020 Alison Stewart -- 2020 Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become…


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…


Alison Stewart Named to Super Lawyers' Rising Stars 2019

Attorney Alison Stewart was named a  Rising Star in the area of Workers' Compensation in the 2019 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…


Work Comp Calculators Updated on Peddicord Wharton Website

Peddicord Wharton is excited to announce that its rate and interest calculators have been updated. We encourage you to visit the Resources page on our website and take advantage of the resources we have there for you, including a weekly rate calculator, temporary benefit interest calculator, …


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.…


Peddicord Wharton partners with SFM Insurance on Work Comp Seminar

Providing an in-depth look from a variety of angles at Iowa’s workers’ compensation laws, Peddicord Wharton attorneys partnered with SFM Insurance Companies to present a full-day seminar to SFM clients on May 10, 2019. The Peddicord firm is committed in helping to keep clients up-to-date on…


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…


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