The Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner filed an Appeal Decision on November 30, 2018 in the case of Clay v. Bridgestone Americas and Old Republic Insurance Co. The case involved a hernia claim with an injury date of October 25, 2013 and a low back claim with an injury date of June 27, 2014. In this blog post I am going to first talk about hernia injuries, and then talk about the importance of maximum medical improvement in Iowa work comp cases.
- HERNIA INJURIES IN IOWA WORK COMP CASES
The Claimant had some abdominal pain in May and June of 2013. The doctors were not able to find any explanation for the pain. On October 25, 2013 the Claimant lifted a 50-pound bag as part of her job and felt a twinge in her stomach. The October 25, 2013 pain continued and the Claimant saw several physicians before she was diagnosed with a hernia on December 27, 2013.