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Corey Walker’s Legal Cases

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  • Jacqueline George v. Second Injury Fund of Iowa

    Practice Area:
    Workers Compensation
    Date:
    Aug 11, 2007
    Outcome:
    Established Law on Bilateral Work Injuries
    Description:
    We conclude the Fund’s position that the statute applies only to injuries of a single scheduled member would lead to impractical and absurd results . . . The legislature could not have intended for an injured worker with only one impaired scheduled member to be placed in a better position than a more severely injured worker with bilateral injuries. Therefore, we conclude that a bilateral simultaneous injury under section 85.34(2)(s) is a qualifying loss under section 85.64. Accordingly, we affirm the district court’s and the agency’s determination that George’s bilateral knee injury qualified her for Fund Benefits. The plain language or plain meaning of a statute “is not limited to the meaning of individual terms, but rather, such inquiry requires examining the text of the statute as a whole by considering its context, object, and policy.” Forbes v. Hadenfeldt, 648 N.W.2d 124, 126 (Iowa 2002). “[W]e must avoid legislating in our own right and placing upon statutory language a strained, impractical, or absurd construction.” Anderson v. Second Injury Fund, 262 N.W.2d 789, 791 (Iowa 1978) (citation omitted). After examining the statute as a whole, and considering its object and policy, we conclude the Fund's position that the statute applies only to injuries of a single scheduled member would lead to impractical and absurd results. George provided documentation from the workers' compensation commissioner that due to the May 3, 1996, injury she was paid permanent partial disability for a seven percent impairment to her left knee. Concerning her June 21, 2000, injury George testified she sustained a bilateral knee injury when she knelt in front of a copy machine to begin a repair. Second Injury Fund of Iowa v. George, 737 N.W.2d 141, 144 (Iowa 2007)
  • Ferch v. Oakview, 759 N.W.2d 812 (Table)

    Practice Area:
    Workers Compensation
    Date:
    Oct 29, 2008
    Outcome:
    Ferch was provided benefits on 2 work injuries
    Description:
    Oakview, Inc. and its insurer, Iowa Long Term Care Risk Management Association, (collectively Oakview) appealed the district court's judicial review ruling affirming the workers' compensation commissioner's award of permanent partial disability to Elizabeth Ferch. The Iowa Court of appeal found that Ferch sustained industrial disability relating to her June 2001 neck injury and from her November 2003 back injury. Also, the apportionment rule only applied during the time that Ferch received both benefits, not combining to treat them as a single industrial work injury.
  • Shine v. Carr

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Outcome:
    $4,300,000 verdict for woman
    Description:
    $4,300,000 verdict for a woman who suffered a broken neck causing her to be a quadriplegic when the vehicle she was a passenger in left the roadway and rolled into a ditch outside of Newton, Iowa.
  • For More Cases Go to http://www.InjuredIowan.com- Results and Verdicts

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Outcome:
    Millions of Dollars Recovered for Iowan
    Description:
    $675,174 verdict for an Iowa State Patrol Officer who sustained back and brain injuries in a car accident during the pursuit of a fleeing suspect near Des Moines, Iowa. $190,000 settlement for a couple who was riding a motorcycle when they were struck from behind causing broken ribs and back injuries in Knoxville, Iowa. $210,000 settlement against a property owner for the estate of a 17 year old boy killed when the vehicle he was riding in left the roadway because of the failure to install a barricade in Newton, Iowa. $4,300,000 verdict for a woman who suffered a broken neck causing her to be a quadriplegic when the vehicle she was a passenger in left the roadway and rolled into a ditch outside of Newton, Iowa. $330,000 settlement for a woman who sustained a mild traumatic brain injury after she was struck as a pedestrian while walking in a crosswalk in Des Moines, Iowa. $675,000 settlement for a man who sustained permanent brain injuries when he was injured at a racetrack in Boone, Iowa. $128,000 verdict for a woman who sustained a shoulder injury which did not require surgery caused by a motor vehicle crash near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Plaintiff did not miss any work and the insurance company offered $0 prior to trial. $1,363,718 verdict was entered for the estate of a woman killed by a drunk driver who fled the scene of a crash near Des Moines, Iowa and was not identified until days later. The verdict included damages for the adult children of the deceased woman. $312,500 settlement for a motorcyclist who sustained a knee fracture requiring surgery when a vehicle pulled into his path in Des Moines, Iowa. $132,000 settlement for a farmer who sustained neck injuries, not requiring surgery, in a contested liability car accident which occurred south of Des Moines, Iowa. $60,000 settlement for a teenager whose friend lost control of his vehicle on I-80 near Des Moines, Iowa resulting in back injuries treated with physical therapy and pain management. $90,000 settlement for a 12 year old boy attacked by a dog in Newton, Iowa who is left with permanent scarring. $300,000 settlement for a man injured while working at a manufacturing facility in southern Iowa. $190,000 settlement for a man who sustained leg injuries after being knocked off a truck by a forklift at a construction site on the south side of Des Moines, Iowa. $100,000 settlement for pedestrian who was struck by a passing vehicle near Newton, Iowa. $57,500 settlement for a man rear-ended by a teenager resulting in shoulder surgery in Grinnell, Iowa. $110,000 settlement for an Illinois man ran-off the road by a semi on I-80 near Newton, Iowa causing arm injuries requiring elbow surgery. The semi never struck his car, but officers were able to find the driver based upon a description given by another truck driver. $87,000 settlement for a man from Grinnell, Iowa who sustained a shoulder injury when a driver pulled out in front of him on while he was riding his motorcycle. $55,000 settlement was obtained for a passenger injured in a car accident when her friend driving lost control on I-35 just outside of Ames, Iowa. She was taken by ambulance to the emergency room and spent the night in the hospital because of internal injuries.
  • For More Go to www.IowaWorkInjury.com- Results and Verdicts

    Practice Area:
    Workers Compensation
    Outcome:
    Millions of Dollars Recovered for Injured Workers
    Description:
    $310,000 workers’ compensation settlement for an over the road truck driver who injured his back while working for an Iowa City trucking firm. His back injury required surgery resulting in permanent impairment and restrictions. Verdict of permanent total disability entered providing a nurse injured in Pella, Iowa with weekly benefits for the rest of her life resulting expected payments of more than $800,000. A copier repair person from Brooklyn sustained knee injuries while for a Des Moines employer. After a trial and appeals, she received more than $125,000 from the Iowa Second Injury Fund. $100,000 settlement for a Des Moines, Iowa factory worker who injured his back while lifting requiring surgery. He was able to return to a similar job without a loss in income, but did have permanent restrictions. $112,000 settlement for a woman who sustained a shoulder injury while working at a factory in Marshalltown, Iowa. $116,263.10 verdict for a truck driver from Des Moines, Iowa who worked for a Boone, Iowa trucking firm. He sustained a 2nd knee injury requiring surgery which prevented him from returning to his job driving a truck over the road. $200,000 settlement for a female production worker from Des Moines, Iowa who sustained multiple shoulder injuries which prohibited her from returning to her same job. CNA who sustained back and neck injuries while working in a nursing home in Marshalltown, Iowa was paid no permanent benefits until attorney Corey Walker took her case and was able to achieve a settlement of $105,000. A verdict of $96,285.66 entered representing 55% industrial disability against the 2nd Injury Fund of Iowa for a Des Moines, Iowa woman who sustained knee injuries requiring retraining. $120,000 settlement for a Grinnell, Iowa woman who worked for a Des Moines, Iowa employer who sustained carpel and cubital tunnel requiring multiple surgeries. Verdict of permanent total disability entered for a school crossing guard from near Marshalltown, Iowa who sustained shoulder injuries requiring surgery. The verdict will provide her with weekly benefits for the rest of her life resulting in expected payments of more than $200,000. $120,000 settlement for a Newton, Iowa man who fell at work sustaining a broken bone resulting in permanent restrictions. $115,000 settlement for a Knoxville, Iowa woman who fell in a parking lot while at work which aggravated her prior back and neck problems causing permanent restrictions. $63,181.70 verdict against the Second Injury Fund of Iowa for a man who had a prior knee injury from high school and then injured his other knee while working in Ames, Iowa. $110,000 settlement for a Tama, Iowa construction worker who injured his back which required surgery and resulted in permanent lifting restrictions. $150,000 settlement for a nurse from Marshalltown, Iowa who injured her back at work requiring surgery and who was then unable to return to her same job as a nurse. A verdict worth more than $125,000 was entered against the Second Injury Fund of Iowa for a Brooklyn, Iowa woman with a prior knee injury who then sustained injuries to both of her knees. A settlement of $425,000 was obtained for a Des Moines, Iowa nurse who sustained a life changing back injury which did not require surgery. However, the back injury prevented her from returning to work. A settlement of $165,000 was reached in mediation for a 64 year old factory worker from Newton, Iowa who required back surgery after lifting a heavy object at work in Des Moines, Iowa. After filing a petition for benefits, a production worker from Waterloo, Iowa received a settlement of $220,000 when two back surgeries did not fix his problems. $62,250 settlement obtained for an Oskaloosa, Iowa woman who injured her back at work while she was working at a local nursing home. $175,000 settlement for a nurse who injured her back while lifting a patient in Marshalltown, Iowa.
  • Gregory v. Iowa Second Injury Fund, 777 N.W.2d 395 (Iowa 2010)

    Practice Area:
    Workers Compensation
    Date:
    Jan 22, 2010
    Outcome:
    Establed 1st Injury law in Iowa Work Injuries
    Description:
    Lori began her employment with Jeld-Wen, Inc. d/b/a Doorcraft of Iowa in September of 1999 and worked there building doors and working as a cart stocker. During her employment with Doorcraft in September of 2000, Lori sustained bilateral hand (carpel tunnel) and shoulder impingement injuries. These injuries required surgeries first to both of her hands and later to both of her shoulders. She was eventually released to return to full duty by Dr. Kirkland and returned to her job at Doorcraft. (Ex. 3, p. 4-5; App. p. 59). On August 17, 2001, Dr. Quenzer determined that Lori sustained a 6% impairment to her right hand and a 2% impairment rating to her left hand. (Ex. 2, p. 3; App. p. 58). The controversy in this case is the agency’s determination that because Lori’s first injuries were to both her hands and shoulders that she did not sustain a “first qualifying injury” under Iowa Code § 85.64. On October 8, 2002, while working for Doorcraft doing her cart stocking job, a stack of end rails fell landing on her foot causing a fracture of her 4th metatarsal. Lori was put in a cam-walker, had two casts, multiple injections, prescription medications and physical therapy in an attempt to treat her condition. It was not until after her October 8, 2002, work related foot fracture injury that Lori was recommended to find a sit-down job. On June 23, 2003, Tracy Dickel, ARNP recommended that “Lori seek employment in which she can sit down due to right foot injury after fracture.” Dr. McKnight also indicated that Lori “would be better off in finding a job in which she did not have to stand for extended periods of time.” Dr. Kuhnlein, whose opinions were adopted by the agency, indicates that Lori’s restrictions should include “rarely” or “occasionally” standing and walking. The Iowa Supreme Court reversed the Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner and found that Lori sustained a first qualifying injury even though her first injury involved both her hands and shoulders.