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Does a Back Injury Qualify for Iowa Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Injuring your back at work is a common way for a worker to seriously hurt themselves, but some costly mistakes often prevent injured Iowans from getting all rightfully owed benefits for this injury. If you believe you have recently suffered a back injury due to work in Iowa, there are some important steps to consider. Did …

Why Would the Work Comp Insurance Company Deny My Iowa Work Injury Claim?

Although some employees are lucky and have positive experiences when dealing with the workers’ compensation insurance company, it is critical to recognize that Insurance companies are not on our side. Oftentimes, employees report a legitimate claim to their employer, which is passed on to the workers’ compensation insurance company, and it results in a denial. …

Which Work Injuries are Not Covered by Iowa Workers’ Compensation?

In order for something to be a work injury in Iowa, it must happen at work, have some relationship to the work activities, and be medically caused by work activities.  While some injures may appear to be work-related, that is not always the case. Let’s talk about some of the injuries that are not covered …

What Does the Latest Shoulder Injury Ruling Mean For Iowa’s Injured Workers?

In July of 2017, workers’ compensation law changed dramatically for Iowans who suffered a shoulder injury at work. The law was designed to limit benefits to injured workers who had shoulder injuries. However, recently the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission issued an initial decision specifically defining what the shoulder is and what the shoulder isn’t. More specifically, …

Should I Hire an Iowa Workers’ Compensation Lawyer or Settle My Claim On My Own?

After being hurt on the job in Iowa, you may believe you can settle your workers’ compensation claim on your own. But should you do so – or should you hire an experienced Iowa workers’ compensation attorney to help you? The short answer is that an attorney will be able to tell you whether you …

What is My Shoulder Injury Worth Under Iowa’s New Workers’ Compensation Laws?

In July 2017, Iowa legislators made drastic changes to Iowa’s workers’ compensation laws.  One of the most drastic changes made was how shoulder injuries were compensated. In Iowa work comp law, there are two main types of work injuries: “scheduled member” injuries and “body as a whole” injuries. Scheduled Member Work Injuries Scheduled member injuries are …

Can the Work Comp Insurance Company Deny My Claim if I Tested Positive for a Drug or Alcohol Test After a Work Injury in Iowa?

Did you have a work injury that was immediately followed by a positive drug or alcohol test? If so, the work comp insurance may deny your Iowa workers’ compensation claim. Iowa Workers’ Compensation Law Changes Affect Drug Testing In 2017, the Iowa legislature voted in sweeping changes to the Iowa workers’ compensation system.  One change they made …

IME, FCE, MMI, MSA, PPD, TTD: Translating the Foreign Language of Iowa Workers’ Compensation

Iowa workers’ compensation rules can be overwhelming.  One of the biggest challenges injured workers face after being hurt on the job is understanding work comp language.  There seems to be an acronym for everything. Here is a quick reference guide to Iowa workers’ compensation lingo, so you’re not left in the dark: IME: Independent Medical Examination. …

Why You Need a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Who Understands Iowa’s New Work Comp Laws

During the 2017 legislative session, some of Iowa’s lawmakers voted in new changes to Iowa’s Worker’s Compensation laws.  These changes were aimed to protect insurance companies and large, self-insured corporations by cutting benefits to injured workers. Some of the changes to the law are not clear and will need to be interpreted by judges.  Iowa’s …

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