Meade v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., 020721 IAWC, 5059127

Docket Nº5059127
Case DateFebruary 07, 2021
CourtIowa
BRENDA MEADE Claimant
v.
STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY, Employer,
and
INDEMNITY INSURANCE COMPAY OF NORTH AMERICA, Insurance Carrier, Defendants.
No. 5059127
Iowa Workers Compensation
Before the Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner
February 7, 2021
         Head Notes: 1402.40; 1803; 1808; 2401; 2402; 2907; 5-9998           DECISION           JOSEPH S. CORTESE II WORKERS' COMPENSATION COMMISSIONER          Defendants State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, employer, and its insurer, Indemnity Insurance Company of North America, appeal from an arbitration decision filed on November 20, 2019. Claimant Brenda Meade responds to the appeal. The case was heard on August 14, 2018, and it was considered fully submitted in front of the deputy workers' compensation commissioner on September 21, 2018.          The deputy commissioner found claimant sustained a cumulative injury to her bilateral upper extremities that arose out of and in the course of her employment with defendant-employer. The deputy commissioner found the proper manifestation date for claimant's injuries was April 11, 2017. As a result, the deputy commissioner found claimant provided timely notice of the injury and timely filed her claim. The deputy commissioner found claimant sustained combined functional disability of nine percent of the body as a whole pursuant to Iowa Code section 85.34(2)(s). The deputy commissioner ordered defendants to pay claimant's costs of the arbitration proceeding.          On appeal, defendants assert the deputy commissioner erred in finding claimant's condition was caused by her work activities. Defendants alternatively assert the deputy commissioner erred in finding claimant provided timely notice of the injury and in finding claimant timely filed her claim.          Claimant asserts on appeal that the arbitration decision should be affirmed in its entirety.          I have performed a de novo review of the evidentiary record and the detailed arguments of the parties, and I reach the same analysis, findings, and conclusions as those reached by the deputy commissioner.          Pursuant to...

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