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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Iowa Court of Appeals Upholds Neuropathic Injury Limited to Lower Extremity as a “Scheduled Member” Injury

In a recent September 14, 2016 opinion (final publication decision pending), Janssen v. Merry Lanes, Inc., 886 N.W.2d 618 (Iowa Ct. App. 2016), the Iowa Court Appeals ruled on an appeal involving an injury to the nervous system and whether the same should be classified as a “whole body” injury (subject to an award of […]

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Recent CMS Comment on Zero Allocation Medicare Set Aside Submissions

Recently CMS provided additional clarification regarding what it will and won’t consider in relation to requested approval of zero sum allocations and the review processes related to the same for Medicare Set Asides. Previously, there has been some discussion/efforts by CMS that prior to approval for zero sum Medicare Set Aside allocation requests, the parties […]

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Baylor Evnen Partners Speak at Nebraska State Bar Workers’ Compensation Seminar

Recently, Baylor Evnen Workers’ Compensation attorneys, Dallas Jones and Paul Barta spoke at the Nebraska State Bar Workers’ Compensation Seminar. Mr. Jones began the seminar with a comprehensive Workers’ Compensation “101” designed to update/refresh Workers’ Compensation practitioners and for new practitioners coming into the Workers’ Compensation field. Mr. Barta presented on the analysis of compensability […]

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Iowa Workers’ Compensation Refresher: Independent Contractors

Independent Contractors are not generally entitled to coverage under the Act.  Nonetheless, like self-employed persons, independent contractors can make a formal election to come under the provisions of the Act. IOWA CODE §85.61(11). In order to determine whether or not an employer-employee relationship exists, five important factors must be considered: (1) the right of selection, […]

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Iowa Workers’ Compensation Refresher: Cardiovascular Injuries

The Iowa Supreme Court has adopted special rules regarding compensation for cardiovascular injuries. In order for an employer to be found liable for a cardiovascular injury, the employee must prove that employment was both the medical and legal cause of the injury. Riley v. Oscar Mayer Foods Corp., 532 N.W.2d 489 (Iowa Ct. App. 1995). […]

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