The recent February 14, 2019 Iowa Workers’ Compensation Appeal Decision in the case of Bonde v. Pro Cooperative and Nationwide Agribusiness dealt with a situation in which there were no witnesses to the injury.
The Claimant reported that he fell while at work and injured his low back. The Claimant explained he had slipped and fell on some loose soybeans on the icy parking lot. There were no witnesses to the fall. The fall itself happened on Thursday, February 19, 2015. The Claimant was able to continue working throughout the day. The Claimant came to work on the next day, on Friday, and was also able to work the entire day although he was in pain. The Claimant was off work on Saturday and Sunday. By Monday the Claimant’s back pain was worse and he reported the injury.
The employer and insurance carrier did not give the Claimant any instructions on going to a physician. They did not provide any workers’ compensation benefits, and they did not give the Claimant any guidance on whether or not he should come into work.