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Workers' Compensation and Company Doctors: Can You Trust Them?

If you have sustained an injury due to an incident or chronic exposure at work, you have to act and file a claim. Without the financial support of workers' compensation, you could face a decline in quality of life and quality and amount of treatment. However, you must follow correct workers' compensation procedures, and that often includes getting a medical exam from a specific doctor.

If you think you deserve workers' comp, you should act quickly.

If you have been injured while working or you were injured while performing work-related activities, you may be eligible for workers' compensation. Under Iowa law, there are time limitations restricting the amount of time you have to file a workers' compensation claim. These regulations are important to know and follow if you want to ensure that your claims are reported promptly and handled appropriately.

Quick information about workers' comp in Iowa

If you have suffered an on the job injury, you may be eligible for workers' compensation. Employees can receive partial pay for lost wages and compensation for medical costs. Here are a few frequently asked questions on eligibility, benefits, coverage and more.

Workers' Compensation: Who decides if you can go back to the job?

We spend a lot of time helping clients understand the factors of Industiral Disability in a workers' compensation case. All of this advice is free because it does the client no good to negotiate a settlement if they don't understand what they're negotiating.

DON'T TELL "WAR" STORIES TO WORK COMP DOCTORS!

Today a client called to complain because the work comp doctor wrote down some wild story the client told the doctor about working in the yard. Instead of the client focusing on his care he told the doctor about hurting his shoulder picking up a coffee pot. Even though the shoulder injury happened at work this client chose to tell a story about a coffee pot causing shoulder pain. There was no reason to tell the doctor this "war" story. It added nothing to the medical plan. But it did get noticed... by the doctor who's working for the insurance company!

When you need time to heal

If you have been injured in a work accident, do not stress. You may be anxious to return to work. After all, it's hard to pay the bills while you're saddled to a hospital bed. If your injury was disabling and paralyzing, you may have no option but to wait until things get better. Yet, there is good news: Iowa's workers' compensation system provides healing benefits, which help support you financially while you recover from an immobilizing workplace accident.

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