Alison Stewart Speaks at ABA's Employment Law Conference

Attorney Alison Stewart was one of three panelists for a session at an American Bar Association conference Friday, February 15 in Coral Gables, Florida. Their topic was: Direct and Cross-Examination of Physicians in the Workers' Compensation Context. The conference was part of the ABA's Section of...


Attorney Tuttle Successfully Defends Personal Injury Lawsuit

Attorney Marshall Tuttle successfully defended a personal injury lawsuit at trial in which the Plaintiff claimed injuries and damages arising out of a motor vehicle accident. Admitting liability, the defendant ran a traffic light and collided with the plaintiff’s vehicle. However, the Jury agreed ...


Iowa Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal for Failure to File Timely Notice

On January 18, 2019, the Iowa Supreme Court, in Evenson v. Winnebago Industries, Inc., No. 17-1419 (Jan. 18, 2019), issued a finding that the Court was without subject matter jurisdiction to hear an appeal due to the claimant’s late filing of the notice of appeal with the...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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