Attorney Bates Obtains Dismissal in Front of Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission

Attorney Adam Bates obtained a complete defense verdict for his client in front of the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission. Claimant had alleged an injury to his low back and claimed entitlement to significant industrial disability as a result. The injury was denied by Mr. ...


Spring 2021 Workers' Compensation Virtual Seminar

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Thursday, May 27, 2021Noon - 3:30 p.m. CST   Sponsored by the American Bar Association – Workers' Compensation and Employers Liability Committee Join us for this 3-hour CLE program. Expert panelists will examine the variations in workers' compensation and employer liability laws across multiple jurisdictions, work-related head injuries, ...


Iowa Supreme Court Rules on Vicarious Liability

Legal Update by Attorneys Clarissa Bierstedt, Adam Bates, and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar In Jones v. The Glenwood Golf Corporation, the Iowa Supreme Court addressed a matter of first impression: Does an injured passenger’s settlement and release of negligence claims against...


Vaccination Legislation

Legal Update by Attorneys Alison Stewart, Nick Cooling, and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar Five Iowa Senators recently sponsored a bill related to COVID-19 and other vaccinations. Senate File 193 would prohibit employers from imposing vaccination mandates. Under the proposed bill, employers could not refuse ...


Iowa Court of Appeals Rules on Workers’ Compensation Matters

Legal Update by Attorneys Alison Stewart, Nick Cooling, and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar The Iowa Court of Appeals recently addressed workers’ compensation benefits, causation, and penalties in Regional Care Hospital Partners Inc. v. Marrs. Claimant Marrs injured...


Iowa Supreme Court Rules on Gross Negligence Against Co-Employees

Legal Update by Attorneys Alison Stewart, Nick Cooling, and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar The Iowa Supreme Court recently released an opinion in Terry v. Dorothy, ruling on a gross negligence claim against a co-employee. In October of 2015, Brian Terry, an employee of Lutheran Services ...


Chavez v. MS Technology Shoulder Decision

Legal Update by Attorneys Alison Stewart, Nick Cooling, and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar In Deng v. Farmland Foods, it was determined that “shoulder” under § 85.34(2)(n) is not limited to the glenohumeral joint, and at least ...


Recent Appeal Decision Expands the Definition of the Shoulder

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar A recent Commissioner Appeal Decision in Deng v. Farmland Foods, Inc., Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Joseph Cortese II determined that the Iowa Legislature intended “shoulder” in section 85.34(2)(n) to encompass more than just the...


Recent Agency Decision and Hearing Update

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar The Court of Appeals Rules on Commutation of Workers’ Compensation Benefits In VanGetson v. Aero Concrete, LTD & Westco Ins. Co., Claimants filed arbitration petitions with the workers’ compensation commissioner in early March...


Recent Agency Decision: Zachary Martinez v. Pavlich, Inc. & National Interstate Insurance

Legal Update by Attorneys Nicholas Cooling & Alison Stewart and Law Clerk Jordan Gehlhaar On July 30, 2020, Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Joseph Cortese II issued an appeal decision in Martinez v. Palvich, Inc. & National Interstate Insurance. Joseph Martinez was injured on April 16,...


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