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Is Pain and Suffering Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?

If you have suffered a work injury, you may wonder—is pain and suffering covered under workers’ compensation? Iowa law does not allow injured workers to recover compensation for pain and suffering when filing a workers’ comp claim. However, employees may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent third party to recover […]
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On-the-Job Lift Injuries Hurt More Than Just Your Back

Although many workers hurt their back from lifting, lift injuries can put stress on and injure multiple body parts. When such on-the-job injuries occur, victims often need help reaching hernia workers’ compensation settlements. The Dangers of Manual Lifting Manual material handling entails moving something manually by either lifting, holding, turning, or performing similar movements. Manual […]
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Can You Reopen a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

If injuries worsen after resolving your case, it may be possible to reopen a workers’ compensation claim. This can allow workers to seek additional benefits. Under Iowa Workers Compensation laws, a claimant has three years from the date of the last weekly benefits payment to reopen a work injury claim. There are important factors to […]
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Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim After Employment Ends

Workers injured on the job may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim after they quit or have lost their job. To be successful, injured workers must have sufficient evidence proving that the job was responsible for their current medical condition, however. Why Former Employees Might File a Workers’ Compensation Claim Against Previous Employers […]
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Workplace Violence Is a Growing Problem

A pressing issue Iowa workers face is workplace violence, which is why standards are required to maintain a safer work environment. Professionals, such as nurses, social workers, and emergency responders, are often at risk of harm. A recently introduced federal standard would help give Iowa’s workforce the protection they need. Is Workplace Violence on the […]
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AFL-CIO Releases 2021 Report on Safety in the Workplace

Although there’s been progress in reducing work-related injuries and deaths, AFL-CIO’s 2021 report on safety in the workplace has shown that there’s still progress left to make. The introduction of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has contributed to safer work environments in the U.S. for the last 50 years, but many workspaces are […]
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Common Crane Accident Causes [infographic]

Some of the most common crane accident causes include getting struck by objects, a lack of situational awareness, and improper crane operation. These and other causes are often avoidable and could be caused by one or more individuals’ negligence. The following is a breakdown of these common causes. Victims of crane accidents may file a workers’ […]
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Iowa Workers Are at-Risk of Loading Dock Injuries

Every year, thousands of workers sustain loading dock injuries as a result of workplace accidents. Several types of hazards are commonplace on loading docks, from large loads and congested workspaces to deafening noise levels and large trucks. With so many risks in place, it’s important for employers and employees to practice extra caution and have […]
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What Is the Most Common Electrical Injury in the Workplace?

Electrical injuries are the third-leading cause of fatal construction worker injuries. Understanding the nature of these injuries can help workers avoid them on construction sites. What Is the Most Common Electrical Injury in the Workplace? There are several types of electrical injuries that workers may sustain in a construction accident. These may include: Injuries resulting from falls […]
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