It is impossible to anticipate the illnesses and injuries that will take you by surprise throughout your adulthood. While some of these will set you back a day or two, others may leave you facing debilitating pain and long-term recovery needs. Should your injury or illness be related to the work you do, you may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits.
Many people believe that the only individuals who will need to make use of workers' compensation benefits are those who work in notoriously dangerous industries but, in reality, any job can lead to serious injuries and medical conditions. In Davenport and eastern Iowa BMCKH Law is ready to serve individuals throughout the State of Iowa and can help you determine your eligibility for workers' compensation benefits and file a claim.
Understanding Workers' Compensation in Iowa
The Workers' Compensation Act regulates the way that Iowa workers' compensation is given to those who suffer work-related injuries. It states that people injured in the course of doing their job could be eligible to receive financial benefits for:
- Long term permanent disability
- Short term temporary disability
- Workplace injury
Anyone who develops an occupational disease, hearing loss, or sustains an injury may qualify for this type of support. At the very least, discussing your options with a lawyer may help you figure out whether or not you would like to pursue compensation for your health concerns. Some of the most common reasons that individuals file for workers' compensation are to address the costs resulting from:
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Shoulder and hip injuries
It can be complicated to go through the workers compensation claim process on your own. We can help, and have successfully represented hundreds of clients.
One of Our Goals: Safe Workplace
Many of the cases we have investigated, we have successfully represented our clients and have resulted in a safer situation by work places by the adoption or improvement of safety standards.
Non-Employer Responsibility for Workplace Injuries
While workers' compensation claims require proof of injuries that arise both out of and in the course of employment, in certain situations, there may be third parties who are also responsible for injuries or deaths that occur in the workplace. In these cases, different and often additional compensation is allowed by law than that provided for by the Iowa statutory workers' compensation schedule of compensation.
We have extensive experience in determining whether or not third parties are responsible for worker related injuries. In the past, third parties have included persons or companies who sold, marketed, or failed to properly maintain equipment leased or sold to the employer for use on the job site; did not provide proper warnings for volatile or flammable materials or other latent hazards; or whose negligence led to electrical, propane, or natural gas fires and explosions or other preventable fires and explosions for which parties other than the employer were legally responsible for preventing.