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 pleadings and...


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 ...


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.

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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...


Recent Work Comp Decisions by Iowa Court of Appeals

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart

Recently, the Iowa Court of Appeals handed down some decisions relating to workers’ compensation.    

Timely Filing of a Review-Reopening Petition
Pella Corp. v. Winn, File No. 17-1545, 2019 WL 156579 (Iowa Ct. App. Jan. ...


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...


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...


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,...


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