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Workers' compensation basics and responding to them

Whether a workers' compensation claim for benefits is being pursued or being defended against, it is helpful to understand the basics of workers' compensation benefits. It is also useful to be familiar with the different categories of benefits which may be generally recoverable through workers' compensation .

Register now for the BNM Workers' Compensation/Employment Law Workshop

Registration is now open for our spring seminar. Our Workers' Compensation and Employment Law team will be presenting topics to help you successfully investigate and defend workers' compensation claims and related employment law matters. 

How to prevent workers' compensation fraud

Most workers are honest and trustworthy. However, there are always a few employees who lack integrity and make things harder for everyone else in the workplace. Some may even fake work injuries or exaggerate how badly they are hurt. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, nearly $7.2 billion of workers' compensation fraud occurs each year in the U.S.

The process of defending against a workers' compensation claim

Defending against workers' compensation claims can involve many complexities which makes having an understanding of how workers' compensation laws work important for those defending against workers' compensation claims. Additionally, the nature of workers' compensation defense also makes it valuable to have trained guidance throughout the process. Parties that may find themselves defending against a workers' compensation claim can include employers, insurers and third-party administrators.

As an employer, am I required to buy workers' comp insurance?

Between running the day-to-day operations of a profitable business and complying with various regulations, employers have heavy responsibilities. One responsibility that you must carefully handle is workers' compensation. Workers' compensation insurance is vital for both employers and workers, as it covers most injuries and illnesses incurred on the job.

Thill prevails on compensability of alleged industrial disability claim

In a recent decision, attached hereto, Partner/Member Peter Thill prevailed on compensability of an alleged industrial disability claim by undermining the credibility of Claimant's medical expert, Dr. David Segal.  VonspreckenMichael-5057238d.pdf


One of the areas of law I am most asked about is unemployment compensation. The topic of unemployment is one of great mystery to employers large and small. This is likely due to the fact that decisions on these issues come from various sources, including Iowa Workforce Development, the Employment Appeal Board, and the District Court. When you have this many levels of decision making on these issues, some decisions may conflict leading to a gray area on many issues in this area. As a result employers are often left with numerous questions as to whether a particular employee qualifies for unemployment benefits.

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