The Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner issued an Appeal Decision on July 3, 2019 in the case of Rhonda Tucker v. Menards, Inc. and Praetorian Insurance Co. dealing with a review-reopening.
In a review-reopening action an injured worker can recover additional benefits if their condition has worsened since the original settlement or trial award. The injured worker has the burden of proof to show that their condition has changed since the original award or settlement was made and that the change in condition relates back to the original injury. The change of condition can either be based on physical changes or economic changes.
The claimant in the Tucker case was 58 years old. She did not graduate from high school but did obtain a GED. The claimant worked at Menards for 22 years. She previously worked 15 years for a competing hardware chain, and a few years as a receptionist.