Calculating the Rate of Compensation – Tips, Tricks and Traps

Legal Update by Attorney Kathryn Johnson

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...


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...


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...


New Development in Industrial Disability and Return to Work

Legal Update by Attorney Tyler Smith

The Iowa Workers’ Compensation law underwent significant changes last legislative session (2017), going into effect for work-related injuries occurring after July 1, 2017.

For a comprehensive summary, look...


New Workers’ Compensation Legislation and Administrative Rules

Legal Update by Attorney Alison Stewart

On March 30, 2017, new legislation signed into law by Governor Branstad made significant changes to the Iowa Workers’ Compensation laws. On December 20, 2017, new administrative rules were adopted. These changes will...


Alison Stewart is a Presenter at 2018 Iowa Employment Conference

Attorney Alison Stewart will present on the topic of Iowa Basics of Workers’ Compensation at the Iowa Employment Conference in April, to be held at the Prairie Meadows conference center in Altoona, Iowa.



Attorney Bierstedt Obtains Favorable Verdict for Client at Trial

Clarissa Bierstedt successfully defended a personal injury action at trial. The plaintiff’s claims were related to a motor vehicle accident in which the defendant had pulled into the plaintiff’s path from a stop sign, resulting in a collision. Prior to trial, the defendants...


Online Fraud Reporting System

A new Fraud Bureau within the Iowa Insurance Division investigates insurance fraud in workers’ compensation cases, which is a Class D Felony under Iowa Code Chapter 507E. Below is the link to the online reporting form to be used to report potential fraud to the Bureau. The...


Alison Stewart Joins Firm as Associate Attorney

Alison Stewart has joined the Peddicord Wharton law firm as an Associate Attorney. She will be working in the practice areas of workers’ compensation, personal injury defense, and family law.

Prior to the Peddicord firm, Alison worked in the trial division of a large insurance company, as...


Peddicord Wharton named one of 2018 Best Law Firms in Iowa by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

Peddicord Wharton has been named one of the 2018 Best Law Firms in Iowa by U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® in the area of Workers’ Compensation - Employers.

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings...


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