Understanding Iowa Workers’ Compensation Benefits
People who have been seriously injured on the job and can no longer work, temporarily or permanently, likely qualify for weekly benefits. The amount and length of benefits depends on many factors. It’s extremely important you talk with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to determine the correct weekly rate and additional benefits.
Getting Additional Workers’ Comp Benefits
I’ve spent decades working hard to make sure injured Iowa workers understand their rights and receive the maximum compensation. I am frequently asked, “Are there additional benefits other than the weekly checks that I receive from the insurance company?” The short answer, in many cases, is yes.
The initial question is, has the insurance company correctly calculated my benefit rate? The workers’ compensation benefit rate is determined based upon average weekly wage and dependent status. Additional dependents, such as a spouse and children, will increase the weekly benefit rate.
Depending on the type of work injury, weekly benefits are only the beginning of the analysis. An injured worker in Iowa may be compensated based on the concept of industrial disability. Industrial disability is a determination of many factors that make up your loss of access to the job market. A serious injury may restrict an injured worker out of many areas of future employment and have a catastrophic impact on future earning capacity. A laborer, with a serious work injury, may be restricted out of many jobs.
Talk With An Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Securing the support of an attorney who fully understands the workers’ compensation system and what it should do for you is vital to helping get you back on your feet in the best possible position for a better future.
If you suffered on-site work accident or if you aggravate a previous injury due to work-related activities, I will help ensure you receive all available workers’ compensation benefits. I represent injured workers in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.
To schedule a free initial consultation, call 319-366-7888 or use my online contact form.