Iowa Workers' Comp Commissioner upholds decision in appeal in favor of Worker

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An employee from the Newton Correctional Facility was injured at work.  He sustained injuries to his right index finger, right shoulder and low back.  He was awarded Workers' Compensation benefits for his finger and shoulder, but he failed to convince the court that his low back injury was one in which he should receive benefits.  The employee was awarded 50 percent industrial disability as a result of the work injury which entitles him to 250 weeks of his weekly average wage.  He also received medical treatment for all his injuries which were paid by his employer.

Newton Correctional Facility appealed this decision by the Iowa Workers' Compensation Deputy Commissioner claiming that their employee sustained a minimal loss of earning his normal wage and therefore should not receive 50 percent industrial benefits for 250 weeks.  This is a large amount of money for the company to pay and they sought to appeal.

The Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner affirmed the original decision in favor of the employee.  Newton Correctional Facility is ordered to pay Work Comp benefits to their employee including industrial disability benefits and medical expenses.  The employer was ordered to pay the weekly benefits in a lump sum together with interest to the worker.   

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