The Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner filed an appeal decision on December 19, 2019 in the case of Nguyen v. Des Moines Public Schools and EMC Risk Services. I think the case is a good example of the situation where there are a lot of complicated and conflicting factors that the Work Comp Commissioner has to take into account in assessing the extent of damages.
In this case the claimant was a 34 year old woman who was born in Vietnam. She graduated from high school and attended one year of college in Vietnam. When the claimant was 18 she married her husband moved with him to the United States. The claimant became a U.S. Citizen in 2008.
The claimant has never taken any formal language classes, but speaks English well. The claimant explained that she has more difficulty reading and writing the English language.