Case Conclusion Date: 10.29.2008
Practice Area: Workers compensation
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.