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Case No. 20-0916

City of Maxwell and Emcasco Insurance Company
Dennis M. Marshall


City of Maxwell and Emcasco Insurance Company


Dennis M. Marshall

Attorney for the Appellee

D. Brian Scieszinski

Attorneys for the Appellant

Mark S. Soldat
Robert A. Nading

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 20, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Heather L. Lauber, Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Heard by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (13 pages)

            Dennis Marshall appeals the district court’s ruling on judicial review affirming the workers’ compensation commissioner’s denial of his request for penalty benefits.  The City of Maxwell with its insurer, EMCASCO Insurance Company (together “the employer”), cross-appeals on the issues of healing period benefits and its request to present additional evidence during the judicial review proceedings.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the employer did not pay Marshall’s healing period benefits late, he is not entitled to penalty benefits.  There is substantial evidence in the record to support the commissioner’s determination of the time period for Marshall’s receipt of healing period benefits.  The district court did not abuse its discretion in denying the employer’s request to remand the case to the commissioner for the presentation of additional evidence.  We affirm the district court’s decision affirming the commissioner’s rulings on the issues raised in the appeal and the cross-appeal.

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