202003.20
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Federal Legislative Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

In what is likely to be the first of several actions, President Trump signed into law HR 6201 “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The first thing to note is that this bill only applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees. The bill impacts a number of employer related programs:…

202003.16
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Iowa Worker’s Compensation Commissioner Orders Video Hearings

A message from the Iowa Worker’s Compensation Commission: The Iowa Worker’s Compensation Commissioner, in an effort to help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus,  issued an Order on March 13, 2020 providing that all hearing scheduled through June 16, 2020 will no longer proceed as in-person hearings.  Instead all regular proceeding hearings shall be…

202003.13
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A Message from I&F Regarding COVID-19 / Coronavirus

The spread of COVID-19 has obviously raised significant issues for employers throughout the world. Employers face uncertainty around what they can and should do to promote the health and well-being of their workforce while navigating federal, state, and local regulations and while considering rapidly changing government warnings and restrictions. Although the current circumstances will likely…

202003.12
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Workers’ Compensation Update: Coronavirus

These are obviously challenging times for employers across the country. Although there is much about this emerging pandemic that will call for navigating uncharted waters, the analysis of potential workers’ compensation exposure need not be one of those issues. In Illinois, for example, The “Illinois Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act” (820 ILCS 310/) is one statute…

201902.26
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Idiopathic Fall onto Level Floor Might Be Compensable in Iowa

The Iowa Supreme Court has recently rendered an opinion on an issue of first impression –  compensability for an idiopathic fall on a hard floor, resulting in head injuries, (Bluml v. Dee Jay’s Inc. No. 18-0317, Nov. 16, 2018).  Claimant, a fast food employee was handling a customer order when he suffered a seizure and fell backwards…

201902.25
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Idiopathic Fall onto Level Floor Might Be Compensable in Iowa

The Iowa Supreme Court has recently rendered an opinion on an issue of first impression –  compensability for an idiopathic fall on a hard floor, resulting in head injuries, (Bluml v. Dee Jay’s Inc. No. 18-0317, Nov. 16, 2018).  Claimant, a fast food employee was handling a customer order when he suffered a seizure and…

201808.13
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Iowa Supreme Court Denies Healing Period Benefits and Holds Employer can Regain Control of Employee’s Medical Care.

In an issue of first impression,  the Iowa Supreme Court  agreed with  the Commissioner   and District Court that an employer who had initially denied  liability for a claim, but then  subsequently  agreed to accept   the claim, was  able to regain  control over directing medical care, and consequently that   healing period benefits claimed from unauthorized care…

201806.28
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Will workers’ compensation MSA guidelines extend to personal injury cases?

As we previously reported, a CMS policy for liability Medicare set-aside (LMSA) review appears to be imminent.  The current state of confusion is depicted in a recent case involving CMS. In Silva v. Burwell, the plaintiff was injured as a result of a medical malpractice incident, after which he sustained permanent and extensive brain damage…

201705.16
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Iowa Governor Signs WC Bill

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a workers’ compensation bill that reduces benefits for injured workers, notably benefits for shoulder injuries, and decreases coverage for injuries tied to a pre-existing condition. A proposal to end permanent total disability benefits at age 67 was ultimately removed from measure, but Iowa Republicans added an amendment creating a…