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Category Archives: Workers Compensation


Will Iowa Courts Enforce Agreements Allowing Employers to Avoid Liability for Injuries to Temporary Workers?

By Noyes Law Office, P.C. |

Workplace accidents in Iowa are normally covered by workers’ compensation. This means the employer is required to provide certain medical and wage-replacement benefits to an injured employee, regardless of who may have been at fault for the underlying accident. But what about a situation where a person is hired by a third-party broker to… Read More »


Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Me If I’m Injured While Traveling in My Own Car?

By Noyes Law Office, P.C. |

The normal rule when it comes to workers’ compensation benefits in Iowa is that you are covered for injuries that occur while you are “coming and going” to work. That is to say, if you are in an auto accident while commuting to your job in the morning, your employer does not have to… Read More »


When Does an Iowa Employer Have to Pay “Penalty Benefits” in a Workers’ Compensation Case?

By Noyes Law Office, P.C. |

Workers’ compensation is supposed to ensure employees receive timely medical and wage replacement benefits if they are injured on the job. To facilitate this goal, Iowa law authorizes the workers’ compensation commissioner to award “penalty benefits” to an employee if there is a “denial, a delay in payment, or a termination of benefits” made… Read More »


Can Iowa Workers Sue a Workers’ Compensation Claims Administrator for Acting in “Bad Faith”?

By Noyes Law Office, P.C. |

Iowa courts have long permitted “bad faith” lawsuits against insurance companies with respect to first-party claims. That is to say, if your insurance company arbitrarily denies a valid claim that you file, you can sue the insurer for damages. In this sense, a bad-faith claim is a type of tort or personal injury case…. Read More »


Does Iowa Workers’ Compensation Cover Out-of-State Injuries?

By Noyes Law Office, P.C. |

You probably know that if you work for an employer in the State of Iowa and are injured on the job, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. But what if the actual work-related injury occurs outside of the state? Can the employer get out of paying you based solely on where you… Read More »


Do I Need “Medical Evidence” Before Requesting Alternate Care Under Workers’ Compensation?

By Noyes Law Office, P.C. |

Unlike many other states, In Iowa the workers’ compensation system allows the employer–not the injured employee–to choose the medical care you receive. If you object to the employer’s choices, or you simply believe your injury requires additional care beyond what the employer says it will provide, you can file a petition for “alternate care”… Read More »


Does Signing an Employment Application Mean I’m Covered by Workers’ Compensation?

By Noyes Law Office, P.C. |

A critical feature of workers’ compensation in Iowa is that it provides an “exclusive remedy” to a worker injured on the job. Here is what this means in practice. Normally, when you are hurt due to someone else’s negligence you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit. But with a work-related injury,… Read More »


Iowa Supreme Court Clarifies Rules for “Idiopathic” Falls and Workers’ Compensation

By Noyes Law Office, P.C. |

Workers’ compensation covers injuries that arise “out of and in the course of employment.” Let’s say you fall off a ladder while performing some maintenance work at your employer’s office. That would clearly be an injury arising out of and in the course of your employment, so your employer would owe you workers’ compensation… Read More »


Can I Have Multiple Employers for Purposes of Workers’ Compensation?

By Noyes Law Office, P.C. |

Workers’ compensation is considered the “exclusive remedy” under Iowa law for employees to seek compensation from their employers for a work-related injury. In other words, you cannot file a personal injury lawsuit against your company if you are already receiving workers’ compensation benefits. The law is designed to guarantee employees receive medical and wage… Read More »


Who Pays My Workers’ Compensation Claim If My Employer Is Sold to Another Company?

By Noyes Law Office, P.C. |

Just about every Iowa employer is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This is supposed to ensure that injured employees have access to medical benefits and compensation for lost wages in the event of a work-related accident. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s not entirely clear who owns a given employer, especially if the corporate entity has… Read More »

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