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Iowa Workers’ Compensation

Iowa Workers’ Compensation law was designed to make sure injured workers get immediate medical care as well as prompt payment for missed time at work.  Under the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Act, all work comp matters are handled by the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission.  In any workers’ comp case any number of issues may arise that could threaten to reduce or eliminate your ability to collect Iowa Workers’ Compensation benefits.  That is why you should have a firm like Tabor Law on your side.  We will work to make sure you get the benefits you need and deserve so that you can focus on recovering from your injury.

At Tabor Law we believe all workers should know their rights.  For your convenience we provide basic information regarding Iowa Workers’ Compensation law.  If you would like to know more, click on one of links to the right, check out the Tabor Law Blog, or give us a call at (402) 506-4444.

Types of Iowa Workers’ Compensation Injuries

Under Iowa Workers’ Compensation law, employers are responsible for injuries that arise out of and in the course of one’s employment.  Injuries come in all different types, so what is covered by Iowa Workers’ Compensation law?

Acute Injuries

Acute injuries are injuries that are a result of a specific injury or trauma.  This may include sprains, strains, muscle or tendon tears, broken bone, or disc herniation.  Although it may seem that an acute injury is limited to the part of the body that sustained the initial trauma, its not uncommon for additional problems to arise during recovery that would also be considered related to the acute trauma.

Cumulative Injuries

Sometime referred to as repetitive injuries, cumulative injuries are injuries that come on gradually because of the repetitive nature of one’s work.  Depending on the kind of repetitive work, cumulative injuries may include:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Should Strain or Tear
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Tendinitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Cumulative injuries give rise to a number of issues that may reduce or preclude you from recovering Iowa Workers’ Compensation benefits.  Employers and their work comp insurance carriers may not be willing to voluntarily pay for medical care or wage loss benefits where the employee claims a cumulative injury.  If you are unsure whether you have sustained a cumulative injury or if you have been denied benefits, give Tabor Law a call right away.

Preexisting Conditions

In theory employers take their employees as they are.  This means that if you have an underlying preexisting condition that is worsened by a work related a work related injury, your employer should still be responsible for the entire injury.  In practice, employers and insurance carriers use preexisting conditions to deny injured workers benefits under Iowa Workers’ Compensation law.  Tabor Law has experience handling claims for injured workers who had a preexisting condition.

Other Injuries

Iowa Workers’ Compensation law also provides for other kinds of injuries including hearing loss and occupational disease.  If you would like to know more about these kinds of injuries feel free to give us call.