IOWA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION RATE INCREASES EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2024

Effective July 1, 2024, the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Statewide Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) will rise to $1,137.20. The minimum and maximum weekly workers’ compensation rates are calculated using the SAWW. This is an increase from the previous year’s rate of $1,099.55. Additionally, effective July 1, 2024, the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Maximum Weekly Rate for TTD, […]

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COURT DECISION PROVIDES GUIDANCE FOR FIRST RESPONDER PSYCHOLOGICAL INJURY CLAIMS

The recent ruling by the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court in Gosch v. City of Papillion examined the extraordinary and unusual standard set forth in a statute governing psychological injury claims among first responders.  This marks the first time the court has addressed the issue since the statute’s implementation in 2010. In Nebraska, workers’ compensation claims […]

2024 NEBRASKA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BURIAL BENEFIT INCREASE

When employees die as a result of a work-related injury, their family members may be entitled to death benefits, including burial expenses, under the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act. Effective July 1, 2024, the burial benefit under the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act will increase to $11,600.00. This reflects a 2.65% increase from the previous $11,300.00 benefit […]

BILATERAL SHOULDER INJURIES HELD TO BE TWO SEPARATE SCHEDULED MEMBER INJURIES IN IOWA

On May 8, 2024, the Iowa Court of Appeals found that bilateral shoulder injuries are not compensated under the catchall provision and are, instead, two separate scheduled member injuries. In Nordstrom v. Pamela Cramer, the Iowa Court of Appeals found that injuries to the left and the right shoulders both arising out of the same […]

NEBRASKA SUPREME COURT QUESTIONS WHETHER COVID-19 IS AN ORDINARY DISEASE OF LIFE

In the recent decision Thiele v. Select Medical Corp., the Nebraska Supreme Court addressed the narrow issue whether COVID-19 is an “ordinary disease of life to which the general public is exposed,” pursuant to the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act. The employee was a “nurse liaison” at a hospital in March and April of 2020, and […]

BRYNNE HOLSTEN PUHL APPOINTED TO NEBRASKA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COURT

On April 25, 2024, Governor Jim Pillen announced the appointment of Brynne Holsten Puhl of Lincoln to Nebraska’s Workers’ Compensation Court. The vacancy on the Court was due to the retirement of Judge James R. Coe. The Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court is composed of six judges who are initially appointed by the governor and who […]
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