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What Happens if My Iowa Employer Doesn’t Report my Work Injury to the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Company?

Although some injured workers in Iowa are fortunate to have employers that follow the proper procedures in reporting and submitting work injuries to their workers’ compensation carrier, it is frustrating how many injured workers are ignored by their employers and faces this issue at the very beginning of their workman’s comp claim. Too often, I …

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What is “Quid Pro Quo” Harassment in Iowa Workplaces?

We get a lot of calls about harassment in the workplace. Sometimes this harassment takes the form of a generally hostile work environment – repeated inappropriate jokes, or scattered comments and gestures here and there. But other times, the harassment arises in a situation that the law calls “quid pro quo” harassment.  “Quid pro quo” …

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What Does it Mean to be Disabled to the Social Security Administration?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines being disabled differently than you or your doctor does. Because of this, many disability applicants become frustrated or angry because they don’t meet the SSA’s definition of disabled and are therefore denied benefits. For example, just because you’re not working does not, by itself, mean that you are considered …

What is Loss of Consortium and How Does it Work in an Iowa Personal Injury Case?

In Iowa, the law recognizes that immediate family members also suffer losses when a loved one is injured or dies due to the negligence of another.  The legal term for the relationship between immediate family members is called “consortium.” When there is a change or damage to these relationships due to an injury or death, …

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When Is a Birth Injury Considered Medical Malpractice in Iowa?

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare – a joyous day of birth for their child that turns into a frightening and terrible experience. Or maybe your child’s birth seemed to happen without issue – but they begin missing key developmental milestones as they grow older. Either way, you suspect that something went wrong during your child’s …

If I Was Injured at Work in Iowa, Who Pays the Medical Bills?

When an individual is injured at work in Iowa, there are certain benefits the worker is entitled to under Iowa’s workers’ compensation laws. One of the most important benefits for an injured worker is the entitlement to medical benefits. What Benefits Does Iowa Work Comp Insurance Have to Pay? If an employer and its insurance …

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Can I Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits in Iowa?

You may be looking to apply for Social Security Disability benefits in Iowa. For you to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, there are two requirements you must meet: 1. You must be considered disabled according to the Social Security Administration’s definition. 2. You must have worked long enough and recently enough to qualify …

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What Kinds of Discrimination are Illegal in Iowa Workplaces?

Every day Iowans face discrimination in the workplace. Unfortunately, not all discrimination is illegal. Knowing what types of discrimination are illegal is the first step to understanding if you have a claim. The first thing you need to know is that not all discrimination in the workplace is illegal. An employer can cross the line …

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