Make certain you are treated fairly and compensated fully after an Iowa workplace injury.
In 2009, 1.5 million workers in the United States were affected by an on-the-job injury or illness to the point that they were forced to miss work, transfer jobs, or restrict their regular duties. Some faced long roads to recovery while other faced permanent disability. But each one of these millions of workers were forced to answer tough questions regarding how they were going to support their family, how they were going to regain their health, and how they were going to continue to work in the future.
In Iowa, there are specific state laws created solely to make sure that injured or ill workers are treated justly by their employers in the wake of an on-the-job accident - and that they are given financial support and fair career options in the case of a debilitating injury or condition. However, some employers and Iowa workers' compensation insurance providers will go out of their way to deny valid Iowa workers' compensation claims in an attempt to avoid making payments to injury victims and to increase their own profits.
In the days and weeks after an Iowa work-related injury, it is imperative that you know your rights as a worker and that you have a knowledgeable, experienced advocate at your side fighting for your best interests. If you have been seriously injured while on the job, Iowa workers' compensation attorney Nicholas Pothitakis can help you navigate your case, appeal a denied claim, and get you the support you deserve under the law.
Here are just a few of the most common work injuries in Iowa:
Do you know your rights under Iowa workers' compensation law? Has your employer denied your valid Iowa workers' compensation claim? Did your company retaliate against you after your claim was filed? Is your company forcing you to return to work before you have recovered, or to return to duties that you can't complete? You may benefit from the assistance of a Burlington worker injury attorney to help you settle these important legal matters and ensure that you have the medical and financial support you need.
Make the call today and partner with an experienced Iowa work accident attorney.
Over the years, Nicholas Pothitakis has helped hundreds of injured workers in Iowa fight for the compensation they deserve - from getting their medical bills paid to receiving temporary partial disability benefits, to receiving permanent total disability benefits. How can you get started? Call us today at (888) 472-1778 or fill out the contact form on this page to speak with an attorney face to face at a private, no-obligation meeting.
A Workers' Comp Attorney Serving Your Community
Niko Pothitakis provides Iowa workers' compensation lawyer services if you have been injured on the job in Burlington, Keokuk, Fort Madison, Dubuque, Davenport, Bettendorf or the surrounding areas.
One of the most common Workers' Comp injuries is injury to the neck. Neck injuries can be painful and limit range of motion while performing work duties. Neck injury can also cause numbness or muscle weakness in parts of the body due to nerve damage. Sometimes neck injury is due to one incident at work; other times it may be caused by cumulative stress from work activities over a period of time. A neck injury may arise from a pre-existing condition that is worsened by your duties at work.
When you experience a neck injury that is work-related, you are entitled to Iowa Work Comp benefits. Neck injuries are significant work injuries in that they can have a major impact on a worker's ability to do their job. How much this injury affects your ability to work is the primary factor in the amount of benefits you will receive for your injury.
Sustaining a Work Comp injury to your neck entitles you to benefits under Iowa law. This includes medical treatment benefits, healing period benefits, and permanency benefits. Healing period benefits are paid to you while you are recovering from your injury (paid weekly for each week you are off work due to the injury). Healing period benefits continue until you return to work or are released to similar employment, or placed at maximum medical improvement. At the end of the healing period benefits, you will be paid permanency benefits.
Neck injury is considered an injury to the body as a whole. Workers' Compensation benefits that cover body as a whole injuries are calculated on how the injury affects your ability to earn a living. Another name for these benefits are “Industrial Disability Benefits.” Industrial Disability Benefits are determined based on several factors: age, education, past work history, restrictions, impairment and several other factors. Compared to scheduled member injury to your arm, hand, foot, or leg, industrial disability benefits are significantly higher for injured employees.
Neck injury can significantly affect a worker's ability to do certain job duties and can also drastically affect a worker's income. Once it is determined how the neck injury has affected your ability to work, there is a percentage placed upon this ability. For example, if you lose 40 percent of your ability to work, then you would be entitled to 40 percent of 500 weeks (set by Iowa law) or 200 weeks of Work Comp benefits for your neck injury.
One of the most debilitating work-related injuries you can experience is injury to the back. Back injuries are painful and disabling. According to the Mayo Clinic (website) back pain is the most common reason that people go to the doctor or miss work. Back injuries often keep employees away from work for longer periods of time than other types of injuries. Moreover, they may affect not only your ability to work but also your quality of life.
If you injure any portion of your back while working, you are entitled to benefits under Iowa Workers' Compensation laws. Back injuries are significant in the Iowa Workers' Compensation system because they can have a drastic effect on a person's ability to perform their job. In Iowa, how a Workers' Comp injury affects your ability to work is the primary determination of the amount of money the system will pay for benefits.
When a worker sustains a permanent back injury they are entitled to benefits based on how the back injury affects their ability to work and earn a living. These benefits are called “industrial disability benefits.” There will be a determination of how the injury affects your ability to work in percentage terms. For example, if you lose 30 percent of your ability to work, you will be entitled to 30 percent of 500 weeks (amount set by law) or 150 weeks of Workers' Compensation benefits for the injury. Back injuries are often pursued in the Iowa Workers' Comp system because there is are so many job positions impossible for workers with permanent back injuries and limitations.
If you incur a back injury that you feel is job-related, it is very important that you tell your employer as soon as possible. You may need to see a doctor and you do not want to further injure your back. The best way to let your employer know about your injury is in writing. It is required that you report your back injury within 90 days. Benefits may be denied if you miss this deadline. It is recommended that you contact an experienced Workers' Compensation attorney to advise you on your case and to ensure that you will receive benefits entitled to you by Iowa law. Pothitakis Law Firm offers free initial consultations to discuss your claim.