Police and Firefighters, and Our Workers’ Compensation Court

Full-time police or firefighters are not compensated for work injury under Chapter 85 of the Iowa Code.  Because of the special demands of these types of public employment, Iowa has established a combined retirement and disability system administered by a special board that is much different than the workers’ compensation court.  Let’s start with a […]

Agriculture and Workers’ Compensation

In this heavily agricultural state of ours, people injured while working in agriculture were exempt from the workers’ compensation law until only a few years ago, when the legislature changed the law.  Here is the state of the law following that removal of the very broad agricultural exemption.  First, there is still a large group […]

Relationships That May Be Employment But Are Exempt From Workers’ Compensation

The workers’ compensation law of Iowa is located in Chapter 85 of the Code (the book of permanent statutes passed by Iowa’s legislature).  The Iowa Code is posted on the website of the Iowa legislature and it has a search engine.  Citizens should never shy away from looking things up in the Code—it is not rocket science […]

More Issues About Employment Status 

Question—I work on a construction site where several different contractors are working.  And we all try to help each other out.  I work for a drywall contractor.  Last week, I was helping out the plumbing contractor, when something heavy was dropped on my shoulder and it hurts.  I am getting conflicting signals about whose responsibility […]

What is the Worker’s Burden of Proof and How Do You Fulfill It? 

In order to prove a tort case, you must prove fault on the part of the defendant—you must show that they screwed up (blew a stoplight, crossed the center line, etc.)  In order to prove a case for workers’ compensation, the worker must show the following:  (a) employment; (b) injury; (c) the injury arose out of the employment; (d) […]