Pothitakis Law Firm

Injury attorney Niko Pothitakis has practiced law for over 20 years, focusing his professional career on helping injured Iowans. The emphasis of his practice is to aid injured Iowa workers in navigating their workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. An advocate for Iowa victims, Pothitakis will fight fearlessly for the rights of his clients. A nationally recognized attorney, Pothitakis will travel to ensure injury victims across Iowa receive rightful compensation.

Iowa’s
leading
attorney

Unlike firms that focus on many areas of practice, Pothitakis Law Firm places an emphasis on helping injured Iowans get fair compensation. Even for smaller cases that don’t immediately need representation, Pothitakis will offer guidance toward a successful claim. The insurance industry is often unfair to injured workers, and the lack of education surrounding the workers’ compensation program further allows injured employees to be taken advantage of.

To combat this, Pothitakis has written a book that he provides free to help educate injured workers on the workers’ compensation benefits system. It is the primary goal of Pothitakis Law Firm to even the playing field between injured Iowans and experienced insurance companies. The ‘Guide to Workers Compensation in Iowa’ E-Book can be downloaded below.

'To the point and honest'

Niko was always to the point and honest about [my case]. Very courteous staff. Always able to speak with me and prompt on returning my calls. Thank you.


- C.L.
'One Word: Expertise'

Sum it up in one word: Expertise: From Niko and his staff, they are all experts in their fields. They are a pleasure to work with.


- H.D., Keokuk, Iowa
'Awesome'

It was something we have never been through and you guys took care of everything. Keep doing what you have been doing. Awesome. Thank you so much.


- M.E., Fort Madison, Iowa

Practice areas

Pothitakis Law Firm focuses primarily on workers’ compensation cases. In addition, the firm takes on personal injury cases resulting from a variety of accidents.

If you were injured on the job in Iowa, you have the right to recover compensation for your medical expenses and a portion of your lost income. Work injury attorney Niko Pothitakis is your advocate when dealing with a workers’ compensation matter.

Many workers’ compensation insurers issue unfair claim denials with no consideration for the lives of the injury victims. If you were wrongfully denied, injury lawyer Niko Pothitakis can help you file an appeal so you can obtain appropriate compensation for your losses.

Thousands of people are injured or killed in car accidents every year in Iowa. If you were hurt, injury attorney Niko Pothitakis can help you recover compensation for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

It is not uncommon for Iowa factory workers to sustain critical injuries while performing the duties of their jobs. Work-related injuries should never put the financial security of your family in jeopardy. Factory accident lawyer Niko Pothitakis can help you recover.

Ensuring workers recieve compensation

“A Very Difficult Time In Life Turns Around For This Iowa Resident”

I just personally want to thank you and your wonderful staff for all your hard work and complete understanding of my case. A special shout out to Ann, who talked to me many times and calmed me down when I was just in a bad place and always made me feel at ease.

From day one, you totally believed in my case which always made me feel great and helped me get through a very difficult time in my life. I know there were a few times I seemed a bit irritated because of the length of time this was all taking, and for that I apologize. I could have never endured all the physical and emotional pain that I suffered without you and your firm behind me.

I am very satisfied with the overall outcome of my case. This now gives me a new lease on life at my age. I’ve made definite plans to relocate to a warmer climate and enjoy the rest of my years with my children and grandchildren. This is all due to you Niko and your awesome staff!! Thank you doesn’t even come close to the admiration and respect I have for you. So, in closing, I would like to wish you the best in all your future endeavors and much success for your firm.

R.P., Fort Madison, IA

About

As an attorney who is heavily involved in the legal community, Pothitakis has served on several boards, committees, and associations that focus on the rights of injured Iowa residents. Pothitakis serves as a board member of the Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Inc. and served as president of the association in 2015.

In addition, he was a member of the Board of Governors of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association (2006-2007, 2014-2015) and the association’s Workers’ Compensation Core Group. Pothitakis also served as a board member of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section (2000-2002) and is a member of the Iowa Association for Justice and American Association for Justice. In 2020, Mr. Pothitakis was appointed to be the vice chair of the American Association for Justice Workers’ Compensation Sector.

Workers'
Compensation

Dedicated to Iowa’s workforce, Pothitakis Law Firm has the knowledge to navigate the workers’ compensation claims process and help injured workers receive the compensation they need to pay medical bills and make ends meet while they recover. Understanding the type of benefits available, mandatory deadlines, and how to determine the amount of benefits a victim will receive often requires the influence of an experienced attorney.

Ensuring workers recieve compensation

Workers'
Compensation

Dedicated to Iowa’s workforce, Pothitakis Law Firm has the knowledge to navigate the workers’ compensation claims process and help injured workers receive the compensation they need to pay medical bills and make ends meet while they recover. Understanding the type of benefits available, mandatory deadlines, and how to determine the amount of benefits a victim will receive often requires the influence of an experienced attorney.

BENEFITS

There are four primary types of benefits to consider when understanding workers’ compensation. Medical benefits help to cover treatment costs from the injury. Wage replacement benefits help to make up for lost wages and reduced working capacity. Permanency benefits cover permanent disabilities sustained from a job injury. Death benefits help to take care of dependents when a loved one passes away in a workplace accident.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

An injured worker has 90 days to report an injury to his or her employer.

It is best to make reports as soon as the injury is realized, though, to ensure the benefits process goes smoothly. In addition, a 2-year statute of limitations applies to applicants seeking to file claims against employers. In rare cases, these deadlines may be extended.
DETERMINING BENEFITS AWARDS

Benefit amounts depend on the type and severity of the injury acquired. For medical benefits, awards are based on the cost of treatment, mileage traveling to appointments, and long-term care. For wage replacement, benefits depend on the amount of wages and work-time lost. For disability benefits, payment amounts depend on the degree of impairment, the percentage that work capacity is reduced, and the body part that is impaired.

Personal Injury

When a victim is injured as a result of another party’s negligence, he or she is entitled to seek compensation. In a personal injury claim, damages can be recovered for the cost of initial medical treatment, prescriptions, follow-up visits, medical equipment, and pain and suffering. In addition, lost wages and future lost wages can be recovered if earning capacity is temporarily or permanently affected. Dependents of victims can seek compensation in the event that the injured party dies as a result of the accident. Common causes for personal injury claims we cover are medical negligence, dog/animal bites, car accidents, and slip and falls.

Iowa Case
studies

Company doctor’s opinion that you are “fine” does not end the case

W.K. contacted the Pothitakis Law Firm after sustaining an injury while working for a local manufacturing facility. The claimant sustained an injury to his lower back while bending over at work. W.K. was sent to the company physicians who felt that his condition would resolve and he would be able to return to work without restrictions. In Iowa, the insurance carrier and employer direct medical care for the employee. The insurance carrier and employer choose the doctors that an injured worker goes to for his care. Choice of care can be objected to by the claimant for certain reasons. Further, a claimant can obtain a second opinion at the…

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Hernia results in “permanent total disability”

The Pothitakis Law Firm was contacted by an individual who was injured in a work related accident at work. A.R. had sustained a hernia injury and, despite surgery, it continued to cause him chronic pain and discomfort. A.R. had worked with an attorney prior to contacting Pothitakis Law Firm, and that attorney had scheduled the case for hearing in Des Moines. A.R. was not happy with his prior attorney’s work and fired Pothitakis Law Firm. Mr. Pothitakis immediately commenced work on the case and prepared it for trial.

This insurance company contacted Mr. Pothitakis and indicated that they…
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