Wertz Law Firm

Wertz Law Firm

If you've been injured at work in Iowa, you need an advocate, someone who will fight for your rights. With more than 60 years of combined experience, our team specializes in workers' compensation law.

Firm Overview

Why do you need a workers' compensation lawyer?

After an injury, you need time to heal and recuperate. You should not have to worry about money and bills. Let the professionals at Wertz Law Firm handle all the details. It is always better to be safe than sorry. We will work with your employer to ensure you receive a fair amount of compensation.

Trust the experienced attorneys at Wertz Law Firm in Cedar Rapids. We know that every injury story is unique. We will listen to you and we will explain all your Iowa worker's rights and benefits. You deserve justice. Let us help.

Main Office

Main Office
1500 Center St NE #101
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402


(319) 861-3001


(319) 861-3007


Free Initial Consultation?


Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Contingent fee.

Office Information

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Languages Spoken


Workers Compensation

The attorneys at Wertz & Dake are committed to representing injured workers throughout the state of Iowa. We will help you obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve.

While some law firms handle just a few workers' compensation cases as a part of their overall practice--or even represent both employers and injured workers--Wertz & Dake focuses our entire practice on representing injured workers.

With more than 60 years of combined experience in handling Iowa workers' compensation cases, the Wertz & Dake law firm has helped thousands of people who were injured on the job. In fact, a few of our cases have even helped create and define the law through precedent-setting Supreme Court decisions.

Please read as much information as you can about your rights on our website. However, remember there is no substitute for consulting with an experienced workers' compensation attorney. Each case is unique. We invite you to have a free consultation with our attorneys about your case.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Wertz & Dake strive to maintain the rights and dignity of our clients, Iowa's injured workers. Our focus is to do what is best for our clients. In order to do so, we specialize in workers' compensation, which means we are committed to knowing and framing the workers' compensation system to benefit of Iowa's injured workers.

This is especially important now because, in 2017, the Iowa workers' compensation laws changed and these changes hurt Iowa's injured workers. Injured workers need access to specialists who know the 2017 law changes and can provide guidance needed to mitigate the damage caused by the new laws. Wertz and Dake were at the forefront in fighting against these law changes. Unfortunately, the changes became a reality and Wertz and Dake, as specialists in the field, are adjusting to the law changes and fighting for favorable outcomes for their clients and other injured workers. We are here to help.

Thomas Wertz

Wertz Law Firm

Some lawyers dabble in many different areas of the law. Not so for Tom Wertz. Shortly after moving into private practice, he turned his focus to workers' compensation, and representing injured workers. Wertz quickly recognized the need for experienced attorneys in this specialized field. His commitment has resulted in a legal practice representing injured workers for more than 35 years.

His record before the Iowa Supreme Court has led to major legal changes on behalf of injured workers. These changes include:

Compensation benefits for tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and acute psychological injuries.
Home medical care for out-of-state injured workers. These workers no longer have to travel to Iowa for care.
Required reevaluations by insurance companies. They must now revisit denied claims when new information is received.
Compensation cannot be reduced because of pre-existing limitations on employment.

Professional Associations and Memberships
Iowa Association for Justice (past president)
Workers' Compensation section of the Iowa Association of Justice
Served as Chair for 10 years
Currently serving on the Governing Council
Iowa Bar Association


Bar Number: 902838817
Iowa, 1978


University of Tulsa
JD, 1978

University of Iowa
Bachelor of Arts, 1975

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