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The Governor of Iowa recently signed into law an amendment to Iowa Code section 85.61(7) adding section (c) which states “Personal injuries due to idiopathic or unexplained falls from a level surface onto the same level surface do not arise out of and in the course of employment and are not compensable under this chapter.” This went into effect on July 1, 2019.

This legislation was in response to the Iowa Supreme Court decision Bluml v. Dee Jay’s Inc., 920 N.W.2d 82 (Iowa 2018) holding there is no blanket rule rendering certain categories of workplace idiopathic falls compensable so long as the employee proves the condition of the employment increased the risk of injury.