The Iowa Supreme Court decided a difficult case relating to a truck driver’s injury. Moad v. Gary Jensen Trucking, Inc. was decided in March of 2015. Moad was a truck driver who was injured in a head-on collision while performing work for his employer. Three months after the accident Moad died. The question that ultimately had to be decided by the Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner was whether the auto accident resulted in Moad’s death or whether factors unrelated to the trucking accident resulted in his death.
Doctors testified that Moad’s death was a result of a heart attack which was unrelated to the trucking accident and was more related to coronary artery disease. Experts testified on both sides as to whether the condition was related to the trucking accident. The Supreme Court found that the evidence supported the Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner’s finding that Moad’s death was not related to the trucking accident and as a result, no benefits were awarded.