TOM SHIRES ELECTED NEW VP OF KIDS’ CHANCE OF NEBRASKA

This week, Tom Shires was elected to be the next vice president of the Kids’ Chance of Nebraska’s Board of Directors. Tom Shires is a partner at Baylor Evnen Wolfe & Tannehill and specializes in workers’ compensation. He handles workers’ compensation matters in Nebraska and Iowa for a broad range of clients, from local family-owned […]

NEBRASKA’S MAXIMUM WEEKLY BENEFIT RATE TO INCREASE TO $1,029.00

For work-related injuries and illnesses that occur on or after January 1, 2023, the new maximum weekly benefit rate under the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act will increase to $1,029.00. The Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court announced the change on November 16, 2022. The new rate equates to 100 percent of the state-wide average weekly wage, rounded […]

EMPLOYEE IS COMPENSATED INDUSTRIALLY UNDER SECTION 85.34(2)(v)

In Ocampo v. New Fashion Pork, LLP, an Iowa Workers’ Compensation Deputy Commissioner provided guidance on whether an employee’s permanent disability should be determined through a refiling proceeding. In Ocampo, the employee returned to work for the employer, but was subsequently discharged before his workers’ compensation hearing. He then obtained new employment at a lower […]

DEPUTY COMMISSIONERS CONTINUE TO FOLLOW COMMISSIONER’S GUIDANCE IN MARTINEZ V. PAVLICH DESPITE ITS OVERRULING IN POLK COUNTY DISTRICT COURT

There has been much talk regarding an Iowa district court’s reversal of the Workers’ Compensation Commissioner’s finding in Martinez v. Pavlich.  The Commissioner determined that an injured claimant must be compensated based on earning capacity when the claimant voluntarily resigns and begins working for a new employer.  While a district court reversed that decision on […]

CONTINUED GUIDANCE CONCERNING WHEN AN IME IS REIMBURSABLE UNDER 85.39

In Bior v. Hormel, the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner provided an example of how employees could still receive reimbursement for their IME even while failing to prove their injury was work-related. Section 85.39 of the Iowa Code provides that employees are entitled to an IME with a physician of their own choosing after an employer-retained […]
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