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...


Late Settlement Sanction

Legal Update by Attorney Kathryn Johnson

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 ...


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...


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...


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