Southeast Iowa Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you have been injured on the job in Iowa, state law requires that, in most instances, your employer is obligated to pay for most expenses related to your injury. Many injuries are quite serious – such as paralysis, loss of limbs, and brain injuries – requiring lifetime medical treatment and leaving the employee unable to work. At the Noyes Law Office, our Southeast Iowa workers’ compensation attorneys have the experience, tenacity and know-how to get you the maximum benefits that you are owed under Iowa workers’ compensation law, and to settle your claim as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Am I Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Almost all employees in Iowa are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. In limited cases, certain family member employees of an employer or certain farm employees may not be eligible, and police officers and fire fighters have a separate system for obtaining benefits. But, again, the vast majority of employees are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in Iowa so long as they suffered an injury on the job.
What Benefits Can I Recover in a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
If you have been injured on the job, you may recover:
- The costs of reasonable and necessary medical expenses incurred, including transportation costs
- Short-term disability payments of 80% of your weekly earnings (up to a maximum set by the state) if you miss more than three days of work due to the injury
- Up to 66.67% of the difference between your average earnings and actual earnings if the injury causes you to take lesser-paying work
- Permanent disability payments of 80% of your weekly earnings (up to a maximum set by the state) if you suffer a permanent disability
Shouldn’t I Wait to File for Workers’ Compensation?
No, you want to file a workers’ compensation claim as soon as possible after the accident has occurred. If you wait, it may be more difficult to prove that the injury you suffered occurred while on the job. Although you may incur ongoing medical expenses due to your injury after you file your claim, your workers’ compensation benefits will continue to cover such expenses. Once you get in contact with our legal team, we can immediately begin the process of investigating your accident and filing your claim so that you can receive benefits as quickly as possible.
Won’t I Get in Trouble at Work for Filing a Claim?
Employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for just these types of situations. The law is in place to provide for workers just like yourself so that they can continue to provide for themselves and their families while they recover from their injuries. It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against you for filing a workers’ compensation claim and if they do so, we will take the appropriate action to remedy the situation and get you the results you deserve.
Can’t I File for Workers’ Comp Without a Lawyer?
In the same way that you can file a civil lawsuit without the assistance of a lawyer, yes, you can attempt to navigate the workers’ compensation system on your own, without the guidance of a lawyer. But in doing so, you run the risk of failing to understand your full rights under Iowa law and letting yourself be intimidated by lawyers for the insurance companies who do know your rights but want you to accept the lowest payout possible. They may also try to argue you are ineligible for benefits or that your injuries are not as serious as you claim. At the Noyes Law Office, we have years of experience in bringing workers’ compensation claims. We will fully investigate your claim and work with top medical professionals and experts in order to get you the maximum benefits to which you are entitled.
Contact the Noyes Law Office Today to Get Back on the Road to Freedom
If you have suffered an on-the-job injury, work with the experienced team at the Noyes Law Office to get the recovery you deserve. Call us at 641-472-3236 or 800-875-7148 to schedule your free consultation. Contact our experienced Southeast Iowa workers’ compensation attorneys today.