Under Iowa Workers’ Compensation law if an employee suffers a compensable injury, and then develops a second injury as a result of the original injury, then the second injury is also compensable as a workers’ compensation claim. This sequence of the original work injury causing a second work injury is called a sequela of injuries.
The recent December 17, 2018 appeal decision of the Commissioner in the case of Kirkendall v. Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. and The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania is a good example of a sequela injury case.
The Claimant injured her right shoulder when she fell on ice on December 10, 2009. After a period of conservative treatment the Claimant began a series of right shoulder surgeries. The first right shoulder surgery was on April 7, 2010. The second right shoulder surgery was on December 17, 2010.