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Iowa Work Comp Laws Explained

April 24, 2018By Niko Pothitakis

After a work injury, it’s easy to get confused by the number of things to prepare and the deadlines you’ve been given while you’re just trying to focus on getting better. At Pothitakis Law Firm, PC, we know how difficult this can be to deal with, especially if you haven’t had Iowa work comp laws explained to you.

Navigating the law is difficult, and when that law could affect whether you get the compensation you need and which benefits you’ll receive, understanding it can be extremely important. If you need help understanding Iowa workers comp laws, contacting an attorney can make a difference. Give us a call to find out how.

Statutes and Time Limitations in Iowa

While your employer will be responsible for many of the deadlines after your initial report of an injury, a timeline of when to expect benefits can help you follow your case from start to finish.

First, you’ll have only ninety days to notify your employer that you were injured and will be unable to work for some time. Like other statutes of limitations, missing this deadline could bar you from receiving workers comp benefits at all.

Your employer has even less time to report your injury to the insurer. Employers have only four days to report before they can face consequences for not upholding their part of the workers compensation agreement.

Later, however, you may have problems with your benefits. If you didn’t receive your benefits and failed to act within two years, you could lose your chance for workman’s comp benefits. Alternatively, you might not have received all the benefits you needed to recover, or your condition might have worsened. If you need to file for additional compensation, Iowa workers comp law gives you three years to do so.

Your Employer’s Work Comp Obligations

Your employer must post information about workers compensation insurance in the workplace. All workers should be informed of their rights, and you can expect your employer to have this information readily available.

Your employer also has the right to choose your doctor. Your employer may have designated locations and healthcare providers you’ll be sent to after your work injury. While you may petition for other care, the law does give your employer some autonomy here.  

Meet with an Iowa Workers Comp Lawyer

When you’re dealing with Iowa workers comp laws, things can quickly get confusing. Unless you’ve been injured at work before, you likely know little about workers comp, and you could use a little legal guidance.

Pothitakis Law Firm, PC wants to help. If you’re struggling to navigate the laws surrounding your case as you seek compensation, a lawyer from our firm can guide you and explain exactly what you’ll need to do and watch for.

Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with us by calling 1-866-753-4692 or filling out the online contact form at the bottom of this page.