The Iowa workers’ compensation system exists to protect employees when they suffer an illness or injury on the job. The benefits are available to provide medical care and offer wage replacement so the employee can recover as fully as possible.
For many injured employees, workers’ compensation is a vital component of both their physical recovery and their continued financial stability. Often, employees are not familiar with the system and are unsure of their rights. They may not even know what kinds of injuries are covered. Fortunately, workers’ compensation benefits address a wide range of injuries and illnesses that can result from a variety of causes. Here, we’ll find out more about these injuries.
According to the Iowa workers’ compensation commission, an injury is defined as “any health impairment other than the normal building up and tearing down of body tissues.” Commonly, people think workers’ compensation covers those who are injured in an accident at work. While this is true, the system addresses many different types of injuries that are the result of many different situations, including:
Jobs can encompass many different types of tasks and duties, and they can take an employee from a job site to an office to virtually anywhere. Workers’ compensation will cover most job-related injuries, even ones that do not occur at the work site. This means that workers can obtain benefits for injuries sustained nearly anywhere in the course of their duties—when traveling for work, on a job site, or even possibly at a work social function. As long as the employee was taking action to perform a job-related task, it can be covered.
There are a few circumstances in which the employer is not obligated to pay an injured employee workers’ compensation benefits, even if the injury occurs at work or is work-related. These include injuries sustained:
If you or someone you love has suffered a work-related injury, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Even if the injury did not occur at the office, or if you aren’t sure if you have a case, reach out to the experienced lawyers at the Pothitakis Law Firm. Fill out our “contact us” form on this page, and you’ll receive a prompt response from a member of our legal team who can answer your questions and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.