If you suffer a work injury, you may be wondering how to find workers' compensation records. This guide helps refresh your memory on where you can locate these important documents and how to keep track of your claim number.
Work accidents can happen in an instant and leave you seriously injured and struggling to recover from your accident. Now, though, you may have received your workers' comp benefits, but there’s a dispute that needed to be handled. In these cases, you may need to know how to find your Iowa workers comp records.Fortunately, the process isn’t as complex when you have a lawyer on your side. Your workers' comp attorney can help you file the right forms in the right places, so you’ll have a chance to get that information and use it for any disputes that arise. Continue reading to learn more.
How to Find Workers' Compensation Records
In this guide, we walk you through how to find your workers' compensation records. Records you may need include various forms and your workers' compensation claim number. Anytime you communicate with someone from the Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation, you will likely need to have your claim number on hand. Further, your workers' compensation attorney will need this claim number and a copy of these forms to properly handle your case.
Your Fees and Forms
When you’re injured and you’re seeking out your Iowa workers' comp records, you’ll first need to fill out a form requesting your information to be released. Typically, that means you’ll need to fill out the right form and pay a fee. That’s usually a $35 fee, as well as extra fees for extra copies or searches for other people. All these forms can be filled out, with the help of your Iowa workers' comp lawyer, at the Division of Workers Compensation office, which can be found at 150 Des Moines Street, Des Moines, IA, 50309. You can hand-deliver your forms and fees at this address, or you can submit this information by mail or fax.
Approving Your Information Release Request
The next step is to get this information approved and released, so you can use it for your claim. In some cases, that can make a big difference in a hearing, so it’s important not to skip this piece of evidence. However, getting that request approved can be tough. That’s because some information involved with your report could be confidential. If this confidential information is part of your claim, you may need to take extra steps to get your form. In these cases, you’ll need to print out a release request form for the confidential information and fill this form out, as well. You can visit your workers' comp lawyer’s office to learn more about your claim and how you can get the full information you need. If you need help getting your request approved, your lawyer can step in on your behalf.
How Do I Find My Workers' Compensation Claim Number
You can usually find your workers' compensation claim number on written communication that you receive from your attorney, your employer, or Iowa's Division of Workers' Compensation. If you misplace these documents, you may be able to call Iowa's Division of Workers' Compensation and ask for duplicate copies. Keep in mind that you may need to provide identifying information before the Division will communicate openly with you about your case, especially if you don't have the claim number on hand.
Get Help from Your Iowa Workers' Comp Attorney
When you’re struggling to recover from a work accident, you need all the information you can get to help support your claim and get the workers' compensation benefits you’re qualified for. In some cases, that means you’ll need help balancing your recovery and handling the various aspects of your claim. It’s not easy to overcome your injuries while also seeking workers' comp benefits. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, which is why you may need a lawyer from Pothitakis Law Firm. We can get you started with a free consultation, so you know what to expect before you file a claim. When you’re ready to get started with a free consultation, give us a call at 866-753-4692 or complete the online contact form below.
For the past 15 years Mr. Pothitakis has focused his practice on Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Cases. The firm has two locations, one being in Burlington, Iowa and the other in Keokuk, Iowa. Mr. Pothitakis works with many area unions and employee organizations to provide advice, assistance, and guidance as it relates to employment issues. Mr. Pothitakis provides free consultations to those with legal questions in the firm's areas of practice. In this initial meeting or conference potential clients are provided advice on their need for assistance and how they need to proceed.
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