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Iowa Workers’ Compensation Injuries

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If you have been hurt or injured on the job, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your missed wages, medical bills and even transportation costs related to obtaining treatment for your injury – through the Iowa workers’ compensation program. One of our experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Iowa can advise regarding your specific circumstances.

Who is Eligible for Workers’ Compensation in Iowa?

In Iowa, the workers’ compensation program covers workers who are injured on the job, develop injuries related to occupational diseases, or suffer from occupational hearing loss. In some cases, even pre-existing non-work-related injuries may be eligible for workers’ compensation coverage if the work-related duties have exacerbated the pre-existing condition. Your experienced Iowa workers’ compensation attorney can examine your medical record and work history in order to determine whether your injury may be eligible for coverage.

Does Fault for the Injury or Disease Factor into Workers’ Compensation Coverage in Iowa?

Workers’ compensation coverage is available regardless of fault in causing the disease or injury. While many personal injury claims can be barred as a result of the victim’s negligence and partially causing his or her own injuries, employees injured in the workplace or as a result of their work-related duties are eligible for workers’ compensation even when they are found to have contributed to their own Injuries.

Types of Workers’ Compensation Disability Statuses in Iowa

There are several types of disability statuses for employees who are eligible for workers’ compensation, including:

  • Temporary total disability
  • Temporary partial disability
  • Healing Period
  • Permanently partially disability
  • Permanent total disability
  • Death

Temporary total disability applies to those workers who require more than three days off work to recuperate from their injuries, while temporary partial disability is applicable for workers who are able to return to work but require less strenuous job duties while they recuperate.

Iowa workers’ compensation law also allows a so-called “healing period” for those employees who need time off work while they recuperate, but who will have a permanent impairment. These employees typically will not recover from their injuries completely and may require future accommodations.

Employees who are permanently partially disabled are capable of returning to work, but suffer a permanent disability that may require a major change in work industry or environment. Permanent total disability compensation is provided for employees who are permanently disabled and will not be able to return to gainful employment, now or in the future.

Finally, Iowa workers’ compensation coverage also applies to employees who died as a result of their job duties. This compensation is provided to the families of the deceased employee as they cope with the loss of their loved one and pay end-of-life expenses, medical bills and funeral costs.

Consulting Experienced Iowa Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Regardless of how badly you were hurt or the type of work-related injuries or diseases you have suffered, it is important to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Iowa at the Noyes Law Office, P.C. who can help you pursue the compensation you are entitled to under the law. Reach out to us today for assistance with your case.

Resource:

publications.iowa.gov/2445/1/guidessixth.pdf

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