Deng v. Farmland Foods, Inc., 21-0760

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Iowa
Writing for the CourtCHRISTENSEN, Chief Justice.
Citation972 N.W.2d 727 (Mem)
Parties Mary DENG, Appellant, v. FARMLAND FOODS, INC. and Safety National Casualty Corporation, Appellees.
Docket Number21-0760
Decision Date01 April 2022

972 N.W.2d 727 (Mem)

Mary DENG, Appellant,
v.
FARMLAND FOODS, INC. and Safety National Casualty Corporation, Appellees.

No. 21-0760

Supreme Court of Iowa.

Submitted March 23, 2022
Filed April 1, 2022


Jennifer M. Zupp of Zupp and Zupp Law Firm, P.C., Denison, for appellant.

Kathryn R. Johnson and Eric T. Lanham of McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, P.A., West Des Moines, for appellees.

Andrew W. Bribriesco, Bettendorf, for amicus curiae League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa.

Jason D. Neifert of Neifert, Byrne & Ozga, P.C., West Des Moines, for amicus curiae Workers’ Compensation Core Group of the Iowa Association for Justice.

Jay M. Smith of Smith & McElwain Law Office, Sioux City, for amicus curiae Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and the United Food and Commercial Workers’ International Union.

Christensen, C.J., delivered the opinion of the court, in which all participating justices joined. Mansfield and McDermott, JJ., took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

CHRISTENSEN, Chief Justice.

Mary Deng sought workers’ compensation benefits for injuries she sustained to her infraspinatus muscle and labrum during the course of her employment. Deng's infraspinatus muscle injury, which is part of the rotator cuff, is the only injury at issue. Specifically, the parties raise the same legal issue addressed in Chavez v. MS Technology, LLC , 972 N.W.2d 662 (Iowa 2022), filed today: whether a rotator cuff injury is a scheduled "shoulder" injury under Iowa Code section 85.34(2)(n ) (2018) or an unscheduled whole body injury under section 85.34(2)(v ) for compensation purposes. Upon consideration of the issue and for the reasons set forth in Chavez , we affirm the district court judgment classifying the rotator cuff injury as a scheduled "shoulder" injury under section 85.34(2)(n ).

AFFIRMED.

All justices concur except Mansfield and McDermott, JJ., who take no part.

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    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • 1 Abril 2022
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