Iowa Workers’ Compensation Agency Update – June 2020

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart 1. The Commissioner has extended the suspension of in-person hearings in regular procedure contested cases proceedings through at least September 14, 2020. More information can be found here. 2. The following information and resources will be in effect from July 1, 2020...


Jordan Gehlhaar Joins as Summer Law Clerk

Jordan Gehlhaar has joined Peddicord Wharton as a 2020 summer law clerk. She will be conducting research, drafting blog content, and drafting initial versions of motions, discovery, and correspondence on behalf of multiple attorneys in multiple areas of practice.  Jordan is a 1st year...


Recent Agency Shoulder Decision: Smidt v. JKB Restaurants, LC

Legal Update by Attorneys Nicholas Cooling & Alison Stewart and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar  Recently, Deputy Workers’ Compensation Commissioner William Grell issued an arbitration decision defining what constitutes the “shoulder” under Iowa law. One of the main issues was whether the claimant’s work injury...


Supreme Court of Iowa Supervisory Order – Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on Court Services Update

Legal Update by Attorney Tyler Smith and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar  On May 22, 2020, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an order regarding the COVID-19 impact on court services. On May 26, 2020 the Iowa Judicial Branch released an updated summary of modifications to...


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...


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 combination between positional...


COVID-19 – An Update From Peddicord Wharton

To our Valued Clients and Friends: Peddicord Wharton is committed to doing what is best for our clients, our community, and our employees and their families during the COVID-19 crisis. As we continue to provide quality legal services to our...


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 March 18, 2020 and continuing through June 16, 2020. During...


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...


Attorney Nicholas K. Cooling Named Partner at Peddicord Wharton

Nicholas K. Cooling was named Partner at Peddicord Wharton effective January 1, 2020. Nicholas focuses his practice in the areas of workers' compensation, civil litigation and criminal law. He graduated from Drake Law School in 2014, and attended the University of Iowa for his...


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