Iowa Senate Passes Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill, Awaits Ratification by Governor Branstad

On Monday, March 27, 2017, the Iowa State Senate passed essentially the same version of the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill previously passed by the Iowa House of Representatives. For the applicable amendments to Iowa Workers’ Compensation law, please see our prior blog entry detailing the bill passed by the House. https://baylorevnenworkerscompensationblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/modified-workers-compensation-reform-bill-is-passed-by-iowa-house-of-representatives-still-must-be-addressed-by-iowa-senate/ The bill still […]

Continue reading

Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dallas J. Jones Inducted Into College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Baylor Evnen congratulates Nebraska workers’ compensation attorney Dallas J. Jones on his 2017 induction into the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. This is an honor bestowed on practitioners and judges in the workers’ compensation field who have demonstrated exceptional service and capabilities in workers’ compensation. If you’d like to congratulate Dallas Jones or speak with […]

Continue reading

Modified Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill Is Passed By Iowa House of Representatives, Still Must Be Addressed By Iowa Senate

Recently House file 518 was passed by the Iowa House of Representatives. This was the House’s version of the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill. Please note that the Iowa Senate still would have to vote on and pass the reform bill before it would be presented to the Governor. Some amendments were made to the […]

Continue reading

Employers Voice Opposition to LB 147

Recently, a bill was introduced by State Senator Hansen which would require employers in Nebraska and/or insurers to pay an additional 30 days of benefits to employees even in situations where no work restrictions are assigned. Essentially, LB 147 indicates that for purposes of providing “fair notice” if disability benefits are being paid, a worker […]

Continue reading

Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill Moves Forward

Recently, House Bill HF518 and Senate Bill SF435 have moved forward. As you’ll see in our prior entries below, there are significant reforms being proposed which would make the workers’ compensation system more equitable for all parties involved as opposed to its’ current iteration of a one-sided system. It is possible that these bills will […]

Continue reading

Nebraska Court of Appeals Takes Issue With Trial Court’s Factual Findings in Recent Case

The Nebraska Court of Appeals recently decided the case of Hintz vs Farmers’ Cooperative Association, which appears to represent a departure from the normal standards of review applicable to workers’ compensation appeals. In the decision filed February 28, 2017, the Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s decision that the plaintiff was not entitled to […]

Continue reading

Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill to Be Filed In Iowa Senate

Recently, a comprehensive workers’ compensation reform bill has been put forward before the Iowa State Senate. This bill is intended to address various inequalities in the Iowa Workers’ Compensation System. The bill is comprehensive but, if adopted, would address many issues including but not limited to making a shoulder injury a scheduled member injury as […]

Continue reading

Baylor Evnen Attorney, Amanda M. Phillips, appointed Board Member of Nebraska CLM Chapter

Ms. Phillips has been appointed Assistant Director of Events and will assist with coordinating and planning local networking and educational events. The CLM is the largest professional association in the insurance industry with a membership of more than 35,000 professionals in the claims resolution and litigation management industries. Founded in 2007, the CLM membership benefits […]

Continue reading

NWCEF Annual Educational Seminar & Business Meeting

The annual Nebraskans for Workers’ Compensation Equity & Fairness Seminar & Business meeting will take place Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the Cornhusker Lincoln Marriott Hotel. Following the seminar and meeting will be a special reception featuring Nebraska State Senators. Baylor Evnen Nebraska Workers’ Compensation attorneys Dallas Jones, Caroline Westerhold, and Paul Barta will be participating […]

Continue reading

The Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court Elaborates On What Factors To Consider When Determining Whether An Injury Is “Latent and Progressive” For Purposes of the Statute of Limitations

Recently, the Nebraska Court of Appeals affirmed a dismissal of a Claimant’s action based on the statute of limitations defense when it found that a Claimant’s injury was not “latent and progressive” and therefore, did not toll the statute of limitations. In Allen v Boon Brothers Roofing, the Claimant alleged that he incurred respiratory injuries […]

Continue reading