Workers' Compensation Legislation Introduced to the Iowa House

House Study Bill 169 was introduced in the Iowa House late afternoon on Monday, February 27, 2017.  The legislation, while not a complete overhaul of the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Act, proposes many significant and substantial changes.  The full text of the bill is available here.  An identical bill has been introduced in the Senate as of today, February 28, 2017.

Some proposed changes of particular interest may affect the intoxication defense; the commencement date for permanent disability; age limits on permanent total disability benefits; how shoulder injuries are defined (scheduled member versus body as a whole); interest calculations; credits for overpayments; successive disabilities; medical causation standard (predominant factor), among others.

The attorneys at Hopkins & Huebner P.C. are not involved in the drafting of or lobbying for this bill.  However, as this bill could significantly impact the business of our clients, we will continue to monitor this bill and provide updates as new information becomes available. 

The attorneys in our workers’ compensation practice group are available to answer questions about the bill.

Workers’ Compensation Defense

Maggie R. Boesen

(563) 445-2248

Anne L. Clark

(515) 697-4224

E. J. Giovannetti

(515) 697-4236

Matthew A. Grotnes

(515) 697-4238

E. J. Kelly

(515) 697-4250

Valerie A. Landis

(515) 697-4254

Jane V. Lorentzen

(515) 697-4258

Jeff M. Margolin

(515) 697-4260

M. Anne McAtee

(563) 445-2242

Amanda R. Motto

(563) 445-2150

Austin J. Mouw

(515) 697-4266

Lara Q. Plaisance

(515) 697-4256

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