2017 Workers Compensation Newsletter - Fourth Quarter

Can an impairment rating be submitted into evidence? How effective are the ratings in mitigating permanency exposure?

 

Yes, an impairment rating can be submitted into evidence in Iowa, and they are effective in mitigating permanency, so long as an employee has not suffered an industrial disability (Iowa’s version of a body-as-a-whole injury).  Iowa recently amended its laws, removing shoulder injuries from consideration for industrial disability and considering them under scheduled member injuries. Please see memo here.