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How Long Will My Workers’ Compensation Case Take?

Posted on: October 8th, 2012 by | No Comments

This is a complex question.  The answer depends on many factors, including, but not limited to the following: How serious is your injury? Are you able to return to your same job? Working with same employer? Are you able to …Read More

Humpty Dumpty and the World of Workers’ Compensation — an Evidence-Based Approach

Posted on: October 5th, 2012 by | No Comments

The exact origins of the famous fictional character Humpty Dumpty are not precisely known. He was popularized in Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice Through the Looking Glass, where Humpty Dumpty is depicted as a round egg. Humpty is still best known …Read More

What If My Workplace Injury Is Not My Employer’s Fault?

Posted on: October 5th, 2012 by | No Comments

Iowa is what is known as a “no fault system.” Under this type of system, the issue is not whether the employer or you or some combination of both were “to blame” for your injuries. The only issues are whether …Read More

I Was Injured At Work…What Do I Do Now?

Posted on: October 3rd, 2012 by | No Comments

If you believe you have suffered from a work-related injury or illness, the first thing you should do is report the injury to your employer.  Iowa law requires injured workers to report an on-the-job injury within 90 days of the …Read More

Turn Your Ballot Over and Vote “YES”

Posted on: October 3rd, 2012 by | No Comments

Elections are always about choices.  In Iowa this year, the choice we will make in the voting booth will influence what kind of judicial system we have in Iowa.  Right now, special interest groups from outside the state are spending …Read More

Am I Compensated for My Pain?

Posted on: March 13th, 2012 by | No Comments

You are not directly compensated for your pain in a workers’ compensation claim.  By contrast, if you sustained the same injuries in a car crash, the other driver would owe you compensation for the lifetime of pain and suffering he …Read More

Keep the Envelopes

Posted on: March 9th, 2012 by | No Comments

If you have an injury at work which results in lost time or in a permanent injury, you are likely entitled to some form of weekly benefits from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. Iowa law requires that when benefits …Read More

Independent Contractors

Posted on: March 9th, 2012 by | No Comments

Generally, if an individual is an “independent contractor” and they suffer from an injury on the job, that contractor is responsible for maintaining their own workers’ compensation insurance. Frequently, employers will hire individuals as “independent contractors” to perform work as …Read More

Do I Qualify for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Posted on: March 9th, 2012 by | No Comments

Many people have questions about whether they are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The basic triggers under Iowa law require that you establish that you were actually an employee and that you sustained an injury which arose out of and …Read More

Cedar Rapids Attorney Tom Wertz Gives Two Significant Presentations at Major Workers’ Compensation Seminar

Posted on: March 9th, 2012 by | No Comments

Iowa lawyers are required to obtain credits for continuing legal education in order to maintain their law license.  The Iowa Association for Justice on February 9 and 10, 2012, hosted their annual major workers’ compensation seminar for attorneys.  Not only …Read More