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“Over 90-days late? You’ll be time-barred.”

The Iowa Court of Appeals recently reviewed a district court’s decision upholding the workers’ compensation commissioner’s determination that an injured employee did not give timely notice of her work-related injury in Callahan v. Horseshoe Casino. Callahan claimed that she had back problems as a result of her employment, manifesting on October 10, 2011. One of […]

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Iowa Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal Based on Statute of Limitations in Cumulative Back Injury Case

Recently the Iowa Court of Appeals in Myers v. R.R. Donnelly, issued its decision elaborating on when the statute of limitations will apply in cumulative injury claims. In this case, the Claimant began working for the employer in 1984 and began developing back pain and seeking medical treatment in 1999. The Claimant testified that he […]

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Iowa Supreme Court Reverses Important Point in Bad Faith Case

Previously, in the matter of Thornton v. American Interstate Insurance Company, a workers’ compensation Claimant had filed a bad faith lawsuit against the applicable workers’ compensation insurer for bad faith. Many allegations were made, but the primary thrust of the Petition was that the employer had no reasonable grounds to dispute that the Claimant was […]

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Comings and Goings at the Division of Iowa Workers’ Compensation

Recently, the Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation announced that Deputy Commissioners Larry Walshire and Stan McElderry will be retiring at the end of June 2017. Both Deputies have served the State of Iowa for many years. Baylor Evnen wishes both of them a happy retirement. Check back at our blog in the future as we […]

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Kids’ Chance of Nebraska

Baylor Evnen encourages you to take part in the Kids’ Chance of Nebraska Golf outing on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Iron Horse Club in Ashland, Nebraska. This is a wonderful opportunity for organizations to show their support for a great cause. Kids’ Chance of Nebraska is a nonprofit organization that raises money to award […]

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Iowa Workers’ Compensation Reform Act Amends Entitlement to and Assessment of Industrial Disability/Loss of Earning Capacity

One of the additional changes under the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Reform Act affects the application and determination of industrial disability. Previously, any employee with an injury to the body as a whole resulting in permanent impairment and/or permanent restrictions was entitled to assessment of industrial disability regardless of employment status. The new amendments to the […]

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Pending Changes for Shoulder Injuries under Iowa Workers’ Compensation Law

As you’re likely aware, in April the Iowa State Senate enacted a comprehensive Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill. We will be periodically updating this blog to detail highlights of certain sections. Further, if you are an employer or insurer and would like a comprehensive update or training on these issues please don’t hesitate to contact PBarta@BaylorEvnen.com […]

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IOWA REFRESHER: INJURED WORKERS 65 OR OLDER ON DATE OF INJURY ENTITLED TO ADDITIONAL EXEMPTION

During tax season, everyone is looking to maximize their tax deductions. As a refresher, pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code, you are allowed an additional tax deduction if you are not itemizing and age 65 or older at the end of the tax year¹. You are considered to be 65 on the day before your […]

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Governor Branstad Signs Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill into Law

On March 30, 2017, Governor Branstad signed into law the Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill passed by the Iowa House of Representatives and State Senate. Over the next few weeks, Baylor Evnen attorneys will be authoring a series of articles/blog posts detailing topics such as the following: effective dates, handling recommendations in light of specific statutory […]

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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 […]

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