Under the Iowa Workers Compensation rules, within 120 days, but not less than 60 days after a petition is filed the attorneys for the parties or pro se litigants if they are not represented by an attorney, shall contact the hearing administrator to set a time, date and location for the hearing. Often the hearing will not occur until 12 months or longer after a petition is filed. Hearings can occur in the judicial district where the work injury occurred or in Des Moines (Polk County) by agreement of the parties or if the injury occurred outside of the state of Iowa, but there is still jurisdiction under Iowa Workers Compensation laws.
Where Will the Hearing Occur?
The venues outside of Des Moines include Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Iowa Falls, Ottumwa, Sioux City and Waterloo. There are 12 workers compensation judges here in Iowa that all live in the Des Moines area and have offices in Des Moines. They travel to the outside venues and often hear multiple cases over a period of a few days. Keep in mind that if your case is set in one of the venues outside of Des Moines, you will have both a back-up hearing date and primary hearing date. This is because if a case settles just before trial, then the back-up hearing then becomes the primary hearing. Sometimes, the parties only find out 24 to 48 hours before the back-up date that they will be having the hearing because the case before theirs settled.
(Note: Keep in mind that there are different rules for petitions for alternative medical care which are not covered in this article.)
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