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 first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the …


Lee Hook Speaking at NWCDN Annual Conference

Attorney Lee Hook will be a speaker at the annual NWCDN conference, September 27, 2018 in Minneapolis. He will be presenting a Q&A on Iowa Law. Peddicord Wharton is a member of the National Workers' Compensation Defense Network, a unique and dynamic organization consisting of attorneys …


Introducing WCES and CourtCall at the Division of Iowa Workers’ Compensation

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart WCES - Workers' Compensation Electronic System  A new electronic filing system is tentatively scheduled to be implemented beginning in December of 2018. The new system will be known as Workers’ Compensation Electronic System, or WCES (pronounced…


Peddicord Wharton Partner, Scott Beattie, Appointed District Court Judge in Judicial District 5C

On June 6, 2018, Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed Peddicord Wharton Partner, Scott J. Beattie, as a district court judge in Judicial District 5C. Scott will fill the judicial seat formerly held by Judge Eliza Ovrom. Scott joined Peddicord Wharton in 2003 and became a partner with the firm in 2006. …


Firm Achieves Summary Judgment and Complete Dismissal of Product Defect and Negligence Suit

Attorneys Randy Wilharber and Clarissa Bierstedt achieved summary judgment and complete dismissal of a product defect and negligence suit seeking in excess of 1.5M in damages on behalf of Nestle in defense of a severe burn injury to a minor child who spilled hot water from a Nestle designed …


Late Settlement Sanction

By order of the Commissioner, beginning July 1, 2018, the Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation will impose a monetary late settlement sanction on parties in cases where settlements are reported to the Division less than 24 hours before the scheduled start time of the hearing. Settlements…


Firm Obtains Successful Defense Verdict in Jury Trial for Professional Liability Case

Attorneys Jack Wharton and Clarissa Bierstedt successfully obtained a defense verdict as a result of a jury trial for a professional liability lawsuit. The plaintiff brought a negligence claim against an insurance agency alleging it made changes to her insurance coverage without her consent.…


Calculating the Rate of Compensation – Tips, Tricks and Traps

When an employee has been injured and is entitled to temporary or permanent workers’ compensation benefits, a calculation of the employee’s average weekly wage and rate is required. In order to calculate the rate of compensation, the “gross earnings” of the employee must be determined and then…


Firm Celebrates Staff and Provides Community Donation

To recognize staff, Peddicord Wharton held its annual Essential People Day celebration with a catered luncheon at the office and a Puppy Party.  The non-profit, AHeinz57 Pet Rescue, brought 3 puppies that were up for adoption to the office to "hang out" with staff members. In addition, the …


Amendment to Iowa’s “Failure to Use Seatbelt Comparative Fault Statute”

Legal Update by Attorney Clarissa Bierstedt On March 15, 2018, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law an amendment to Iowa Code Section 321.445. This statute provides in part that a plaintiff’s failure to use a seat belt as required by Iowa law may be admitted as evidence of the pl…


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