lCNAs have very physically demanding jobs that lead to a wide variety of work injuries.  We have posted a new section in our website discussing Iowa workers’ compensation cases involving injuries to CNAs.

The new section talks about causes of workers’ compensation injuries to Certified Nursing Assistants.  This section also deals with the recurring issue of aggravations of pre-existing injuries in CNA cases.  This section also discusses the Iowa law that determines the amount of work comp benefits that an injured CNA is entitled to receive.  You can view the new section on CNA injuries here.

If your employer or insurance carrier rejects or denies your workers’ compensation claim you do have options. Some claim denials are certainly valid. However, in other situations the denial of the claim is incorrect and you are actually entitled to receive work comp benefits. Our lawyers regularly review the rejected cases of injured workers. In many of these cases we are able to obtain weekly benefits and medical care for our clients. Here are some of the more common reasons that workers’ compensation cases are denied:

1. Aggravation of a pre-existing condition.

2. Disagreements over whether the injury actually occurred at work.

A large percentage of Iowa work comp cases go to trial.  However, many cases are resolved through settlement negotiations.

The Iowa law concerning work injury settlements is fairly complicated.  We have added a new section to our website that talks about many of the factors to consider and the special issues that come up in settlements including:

  1. The two main categories of settlement in Iowa work comp cases are called open file settlements or closed file settlements. The new section discusses the differences between these types of settlements and the pros and cons of each settlement.

We have redesigned our website so that it is now mobile device friendly. If you look at the website on a computer or tablet it looks very similar to the previous version.

The big change is when you view the website on a cell phone. Everything on the website can now be easily read on a phone. Therefore, if you ever have a little time to kill, you can read all about Iowa workers’ compensation and personal injury law on your smart phone.

The new version of the website also allows people viewing us on their phone to call us by just hitting the portion of the screen which reads, “TAP HERE TO CALL US.”

Our law firm accepts work injury case referrals from lawyers who do not regularly handle Iowa worker’s compensation claims. In the referral cases the clients pay the same one third contingent fee that we use in non-referral cases.

We have added a new section to our website that discusses how the referral of work comp claims work. You can see the new section here.

A large part of my practice involves back and neck claims. Injuries to the back or neck frequently have a serious negative impact on a worker’s ability to continue to do their job.

We have added a new section to our website that discusses many issues that come up in litigation involving back or neck claims, including:

1. Types of back and neck injuries.

Under Iowa law a worker who is injured on the job is entitled to receive lifetime medical care for the work injury. The Iowa work comp system has an alternate medical care procedure to deal with many of the disputes that can develop over the medical care benefits.

Iowa workers’ comp law also allows both the insurance company and the injured worker the opportunity to obtain medical examinations to address disputes over causation and the severity of an injury.

We have added a new section to our website that explains all of these medical care issues. You can find this new section here.

Today I am going to talk about the case of Plumrose USA and Zurich Ins. Co. v. Robert Hathaway which was issued by the Iowa Court of Appeals on January 23, 2014.

One of the big issues in the case was whether Mr. Hathaway was entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for a serious right knee injury in light of his long history of pre-existing knee problems.

The Court of Appeals summarized the Iowa work comp law on aggravation of pre-existing condition as follows:

The human shoulder has a tremendous range of motion that allows us to perform a wide variety of activities. However, the shoulder is a very complex joint that can be hurt on the job from a wide variety of causes. Shoulder injuries are classified as unscheduled injuries and are therefore compensated based on the effect of the injury on a worker’s loss of future potential earning capacity.

We have added a new section to our website that talks about liability and payment for damages for shoulder injuries under Iowa workers’ compensation law. You can see this new section here.

Cumulative trauma and repetitive stress injuries can develop in a wide variety of jobs. Numerous factors can create an increased risk of a worker developing such injuries including high production requirements, frequent lifting and poor ergonomics. Cumulative trauma can result in injuries to many body parts including the neck, shoulders, back and hands.

We have added a new section to our website that discusses Iowa work comp law involving cumulative trauma and repetitive stress injuries. You can see this new section here.