Understanding the Sea of Change in Workers Compensation

By: Terri Davis
Terri Davis PhotoWe will be discussing the sweeping changes to the workers compensation statute, Iowa Code Chapter 85, which went into effect on July 1, 2017, and apply to all work injury claims occurring after that date.  Changes in interest rate, permanent partial disability determinations when the employee returns to work, vocational rehabilitation, successive disabilities, and changes in shoulder injury compensability, will be addressed, as well as the numerous other changes that will alter the way employers must approach workers compensation claims going forward.

Objectives of this presentation include:

  • We will discuss and explain the changes, reviewing existing law and how each provision will be affected.
  • We will explore strategies for responding to industrial disability claims under the new law in order to manage and limit industrial disability awards.
  • We will explore and strategize about the impact of the law changes on the types and quantity of cases to be filed, and ways to minimize the number of claims filed with the commission

About the Speaker:
Terri Davis is an Attorney and Senior Vice President at Shuttleworth. She focuses her practice in Employment Law and Litigation, including employment related litigation, commercial litigation, product liability, and the handling of administrative trials, including utilities cases and workers compensation. She advises employers on employment matters, and assists with policy review and development, as well as handling of investigations and complaints, both internal and before civil rights commissions. She serves as chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Practice

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