Firm Achieves Summary Judgment and Complete Dismissal of Professional Liability Lawsuit

Attorneys Jack Wharton and Clarissa Bierstedt achieved summary judgment and complete dismissal of a professional liability lawsuit. Plaintiff brought a negligence claim against an insurance agency alleging it failed to procure appropriate insurance coverage for the Plaintiff. We successfully argued the Plaintiff’s claim was...


Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner Deputy Applies Upper Extremity Rating to Shoulder

 Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart In a recent decision by Iowa Workers’ Compensation Deputy Erin Pals, Reiter v. Incorporated City of Remsen, the agency determined it is appropriate to apply the upper extremity functional rating to shoulder injuries now that shoulders have been identified as a scheduled...


Iowa Supreme Court Reexamines Employer’s Authorization Defense

Legal Update by Attorney Kathryn Johnson In a 6-1 decision, the Supreme Court in Brewer-Strong v. HNI Corporation, 913 N.W.2d 235, (Iowa, 2018), held as matter of first impression, an employer could regain control of the employee’s medical care and assert an authorization defense, even though the...


Iowa Supreme Court Addresses Compensability of Idiopathic Falls

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart On November 16, 2018, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a ruling addressing the compensability of idiopathic falls. Previously the Court said, “The workers’ compensation statute is not a general health insurance policy that extends to all injuries that happen to occur...


Alison Stewart Recognized by ISBA for Pro Bono Service

Attorney Alison Stewart has been recognized by the Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA) as a member of its Pro Bono Honor Roll in 2017-2018. Alison provided 50+ hours of service through the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project for clients who would otherwise be unable to...


Attorney Tyler Smith Speaks at 2018 IAWC Seminar

Attorney Tyler Smith is a speaker October 19 at the 40th Annual Seminar for The Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. His presentation is titled, “Agency Case Law Update.” Read more about the conference at IAWC Seminar.


Notice of Delay for Start of Workers' Compensation Electronic Filing, Case Management, Hearing Scheduling and EDI System (WCES)

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart The Division of Workers’ Compensation is announcing a delay in the roll-out of WCES, the new electronic filing, case management, hearing scheduling and EDI system for workers’ compensation. The Division had planned to Go-Live on December 3, 2018....


Firm Supports 2018 Bras for the Cause Gala Fundraiser

Designed by staff members at Peddicord Wharton, these seven Bras and many more will be auctioned October 11 at the annual Gala fundraiser for Bras for the Cause. Currently on display at Valley West Mall, the public can vote on the Bras during Bras Gallery Days Sept....


Peddicord Attorneys Attend Annual Workers' Compensation Institute

Attorneys Adam Bates, Alison Stewart, Kathryn Johnson and Nick Cooling attended the Workers’ Compensation Institute’s 2018 Conference October 19-22 in Orlando, Florida. The 73rd Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference and the 30th Annual Safety and Health Conference focuses on national workers’ compensation and occupational...


Lee Hook Recognized in U.S. News Best Lawyers© 2019 Edition

Attorney Lee Hook has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© for the 2019 edition in the area of Workers' Compensation - Employers. Lee has been recognized in this category since 2011. Since it was...


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