Under Iowa law, any employee who is injured on the job may be entitled to money and medical benefits. Whether your specific situation qualifies you for workers' compensation benefits may involve complex legal and medical analyses. Obtaining the benefits you require may also call for aggressive legal representation.
At the West Des Moines law firm of Lawyer, Lawyer, Dutton & Drake, L.L.P., we want to answer your questions and help you seek the benefits you need after a work-related injury.
Our lawyers are equipped to handle the following types of cases, among many others:
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Heart attack
- Lung injuries
- Severe disability
- On-the-job death cases
- Any other on-the-job injuries
The definitions for these injuries are very broad and include almost any health impairment (heart attacks, diseases, PTSD, abnormal stress, other psychological conditions, etc.). If you have a specific question
about an injury you have received, feel free to ask us whether or not it is covered.
The information below has been prepared by Lawyer, Lawyer, Dutton & Drake, L.L.P. to provide you with general information regarding Iowa's workers' compensation laws. But, heed the warning "a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing." You are using the Internet to gain information, and this is fine. However, information alone won't tell you all you need to know about disability benefits.
Try this quick test: Do you understand the terms healing period? PPD? TPD? Industrial disability? Scheduled member? If not, call us and let us help sort out these issues and explain the terms
Because each case is different and has many unique features, it is impossible for us to cover all aspects of your individual case in this short website. Please understand this information is not intended to constitute specific advice on your case. You should only rely upon the advice and direction that comes directly from one of our attorneys.
Remember also that the law for workers' comp is different from state to state. What we present here is a brief overview of concepts found in Iowa:
- Amount of weekly benefits – The amount of your weekly check depends on your gross earnings at the time of your injury and the number of tax deductions you would be entitled to if you claim the maximum number of exemptions. This complex math problem defies a simple explanation, and there are lots of loopholes that an insurance company can use to confuse you and cheat you out of your proper weekly pay. Call us and we can check to make sure you are receiving the correct weekly amount of compensation.
- Statute of limitations – The time limits for filing a claim vary, and if you fail to meet the deadline, you will waive your right to any recovery. In some workers' comp cases, the deadline is two years from the date of the injury. In other cases, it can be two years from the date you were last paid weekly benefits. This is very confusing, so feel free to talk with our partners about this potential problem, especially if you have been paid weekly benefits. And remember, having received payment for some medical bills does not mean your time limit is extended.
- Benefits after you return to work – Since many workers do not know their rights, they believe they are no longer entitled to weekly pay benefits once they are able to go back to work. This is not necessarily true. Even if you leave your job, you are still entitled to lifetime medical benefits related to your injury unless you release that right through a settlement. Finally, under certain circumstances, you may be entitled to job retraining benefits if vocational retraining is necessary for continued employment.