Unfortunately, injuries will sometimes worsen after a workers’ compensation case is resolved. The Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner recently issued an Appeal Decision in the case of Dautovic v. Concord Hospitality and PMA Insurance Group and Zurich American Insurance which analyzes the legal implications of a worsening injury.
The claimant in Dautovic began working for a Marriott Hotel run by Concord Hospitality in 1997. The claimant’s job involved a lot of heavy work including deep cleaning of rooms and hallways, working with laundry, and moving furniture.
The claimant originally injured his low back on the job in early 2006 when lifting a bed frame.