When you’re injured at work, you’d like to think that those involved in the workers compensation process want to get you the help you need, but those around you may not be looking out for your best interests. Unfortunately, that may include your employer.
When you’re seeking compensation for your injuries, you need to make sure your employer handles your work comp claim correctly. An employer’s actions could delay your compensation or even lead to a denial, leaving you to go through the appeal process because of careless mistakes.
If you believe your employer is not properly handling your claim, be sure to act quickly. The team at Pothitakis Law Firm, PC can help you get back on the right track to the workers comp benefits you need.
First, you may be concerned about your eligibility. Getting your workers compensation benefits will depend on it, after all. Fortunately, Iowa offers workers compensation to nearly all workers. Except in a few cases, such as injuries involving some agricultural and domestic workers, police and firefighters, and independent contractors, you should expect workers comp to cover you in Iowa.
Unfortunately, your employer may try to get out of offering the compensation you need to get back on your feet after an accident. You may need to speak with a workers compensation lawyer to address this; we can guide you through the process of recovering compensation when your employer has failed.
When you’re injured, you’ll need to report the injury to your employer as soon as possible. The window to report is only ninety days, so you’ll need to move fast to get your benefits.
After this, however, it’s up to your employer to send your request for your workers compensation through the proper channels. The insurance company and the Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation will both need to be notified of your injuries.
Failure in this regard will result in penalties, and you should be compensated for any losses suffered because of your employer’s lack of concern for your case. Workers comp can help you through this difficult time, and when your employer doesn’t act to get you the help you deserve, you may need someone to fight for you.
After a work injury, workers compensation can make an enormous difference in your life, but sometimes, your employer can be a major obstacle to overcome as you seek benefits. When you’re trying to file your work comp claim, make sure your employer handles your work comp claim correctly.
If you’re not sure that your claim is in good hands, give us a call. At Pothitakis Law Firm, PC, we want to make sure your employer is held accountable and that you get the help you need. Give us a call at 1-866-753-4692 or fill out our online contact form below.