Under the Iowa Workers' Compensation Act, Iowa Code Section 85.39 addresses the rights and issues involving Independent Medical Evaluations (IME's). Specifically, the issue discussed here pertains to travel for an evaluation by an IME physician.
We at the Beattie Law Firm always want you to practice safe driving, no matter the time of year; however, the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year - and the deadliest on the highway - and we urge you to take extra precaution when traveling.
Until recently it has been common practice for employer/insurers to require injured workers capable of performing "light duty" to travel distances for such duty. This has been especially true with respect to Iowa-based employers with employees who live outside the State of Iowa including truckers. Fortunately, the Iowa Supreme Court decided in Neal V. Annett Holdings, Inc., 814 N.W.2d 512 (2012) that the practice was not reasonable.
The cold weather is here to stay - at least for a few months! - but fires shouldn't follow. Iowa has seen an increase in house fires, already this year, and The Beattie Law Firm wants to remind you of some helpful tips to prevent a house fire during the holiday season.
Harley-Davidson has voluntarily recalled more than 29,000 of its touring motorcycles yesterday due to a faulty clutch system. The recalled models include 25,185 touring motorcycles and 3,861 Custom Vehicle Operations and Trikes built between May 3 and October 14 this year.
Labor Day is approaching, and for many it means the last chance to enjoy your favorite summer activity. We have written about how to stay safe while enjoying your favorite activities throughout the summer, and we at the Beattie Law Firm care about your safety.
The summer months - though often overshadowed by winter - can mean hazardous times for tires. Super hot pavement, extra driving miles for vacations, and even high speeds enjoyed on open roads are all risk factors for tire-related accidents.
We know the importance of bike safety at Beattie Law Firm because every year we see the effects of rides gone wrong. In fact, nationwide more than $4 billion goes toward the total cost of bicyclist injury and death (nsc.org).
Last weekend, at Timewell Tile plant in Sibley, Iowa, workers were switching power lines to a new transformer when an electrical explosion occurred. Five men were injured and sent to local hospitals with burns. Two of the men worked at the plant, while the others were employed by Current Electric. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.