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Common Workers’ Compensation Questions in Eastern Iowa

Q: Do I have to pay a consultation fee to talk to you about my case?

A: Initial consultations are free and confidential. Mark will answer any questions and explain your rights.

Q: How does a contingency fee work?

A: A contingency fee agreement provides for an attorney fee based upon the amount of recovery. No fee if no recovery.

Q: What should I do if I have a work injury?

A: Do not wait to report your work injury. You have up to 90 days to report a workers’ compensation claim. The 90-day notice period may be extended in certain circumstances. It is important that you act quickly to ensure you receive maximum benefits.

Q: Will I be fired if I file a workers’ compensation claim?

A: Iowa law prohibits termination for the filing of a workers’ compensation claim.

Q: What types of work injuries are covered?

A: Workers’ compensation cases cover a wide range of work injuries, acute and cumulative, including:

    • Repetitive stress injuries (i.e., carpal tunnel and tendonitis)
    • Skin burns (i.e., first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree burns)
    • Amputations
    • Paralysis (paraplegia, quadriplegia, and incomplete paralysis)
    • Broken bones/fractures
    • Neck injuries
    • Knee injuries
    • Back injuries
    • Hip injuries
    • Mental
    • Truck accidents

Q: What are my options for medical benefits?

A: Your employer is required to pay for medical treatment related to your work injury. Your employer retains the right to control care, but you may be able to request alternative medical care. In addition, you have the right to be evaluated by a physician of your choosing.

Q: What benefits are available to me?

A: Injured workers receive several types of benefits:

    • Medical care
    • Income Replacement
    • Temporary total disability/Healing period
    •  Temporary partial disability
    • Permanency benefits
    • Mileage

Q: What is the Statute of Limitations

A: The period to file a claim is 2 years or 3 years after the last payment of weekly benefits. The time to assert a claim may be extended in certain circumstances.

Q: What should I do if my employer and insurance company deny my claim?

A: Contact Mark immediately. Your time to file a petition with the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission is limited by statute.

Mark L Chipokas, P.C.
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Amanda Burgin
Amanda Burgin
00:31 11 Jan 22
Mark and his valued team go above and beyond during our time working with them. Beyond recommend his legal services.
Teresa Cleppe
Teresa Cleppe
00:54 21 Oct 21
Mark was very helpful in getting my husbands workman's comp case settled. He was informative about our options, worked... with us on our choices of what WE wanted and kept us informed with all correspondence from the insurance company. We are happy with the end results and would defiantly use him again if the need should ever more
Dawn Spencer
Dawn Spencer
01:52 06 Oct 21
Mark and his entire team are very professional and great to work with. Very pleased with the results. Would recommend... Mark's service to more
Jay Jay
Jay Jay
11:54 17 Sep 21
The best in the business....this attorney is a fighter.
Tamra Waldow
Tamra Waldow
17:36 23 Aug 21
I shall be honest. I have a very hard time in trusting in any system. I needed help, came upon Mark in google. Met... with him and his team, ( they are a team),listened to what he had to say. There was good and rough times to the end as he stated there would be. He and his wonderful team helped me through with their support, returning calls, by email, by mail by being there. We made it through and I couldn’t be more pleased with TheTeam, in the final results or their performance through the whole process. Trust is hard thing to give.However I would, if ever I needed his service again not hesitate to call more
Kathy Miller
Kathy Miller
16:31 19 Apr 21
The entire staff treated us with the respect, kindness and consideration throughout our process. We were impressed with... the communication and responsiveness to our questions and concerns. In conclusion we were very comfortable with the end results of our experience. We would recommend Mark Chipokas Law more
Melissa Barber
Melissa Barber
23:37 04 Mar 21
My husband needed a professional dedicated Workman's Compensation Attorney. When I found Mark Chipokas and his team of... fully experienced legal experts, we knew that they would be standing strong for him. Their professional advice and dedication from all members made us know that we had made the best decision right from the start. 100% Goal was acheive!! Thank you Mark, Polly & Angela for all you have more
Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
16:18 10 Feb 21
Highly recommend! Mark is not only professional, he is personable and takes the time to know his clients. We always... felt that our concerns were valued and that Mark had our best interests at heart.Additionally, we always knew how our case was progressing and were encouraged to ask questions about the legal process. In a world where most people are out for themselves, it’s good to know there are still people like Mark Chipokas out there who are ethical and fighting for the right more
Tricia McAtee
Tricia McAtee
17:47 04 Feb 21
I highly recommend Mark. I went to Mark when my workers comp issue ran into to problems. He was able to help me get... things resolved.He has a awesome team in Angela and Polly!read more
Andrea Baker
Andrea Baker
10:14 05 Sep 20
After being injured on my job and following their every step through physical therapy and still not having the end... results I needed. I contacted Mark and after my meeting with him and his very concerned and gracious team I felt that making Mark my lawyer was going to be the best for me to get the help I needed. It took 1 year of frustration to get my work company to get me the care I deserved. If it wasn't for him and his team fighting for what was right I would have never been able to get the surgery done. I appreciate him and his staff for listening to me when I emailed, called or even stopped more
Amy Johnson
Amy Johnson
01:20 10 Jul 20
Mark, Polly and Angela have been there for my husband and I from day one. They have been by my side through every... twist and turn in the alternate universe known as worker’s compensation law. Mark has always been readily available on the phone and in person if I had any questions or concerns.Mark has truly been a God send and I don’t believe I would have had the same outcomes without him. When I thought I had no fight left he was there to fight for me. Because of that fight Mark was able to get me a settlement that has truly been life changing for my more
Hans Cordes
Hans Cordes
22:47 30 Jun 20
Mark and his team did an amazing job for me, I'm out of state with a time change and Mark ,Angela and Polly all worked... hard at staying in touch with me and keeping me informed every step of the way, I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to help me out. Thanks Mark and all your great teamread more
Joe Larue
Joe Larue
01:42 18 May 20
Everyone at the office was pleasant to work with. They all listened, and were great at getting back to me in a timely... manner. Mark worked hard for me and for what he believed was right and fair. I would and will recommend him to anyone who need a amazing more
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