What defines a work-related injury?

Although an employee may not be in the office or performing a function that normally relates to his job, that employee could still receive compensation for injury under Iowa law under certain circumstances.

According to a 1944 Iowa Supreme Court ruling, if the activities that led to the injury benefited the employer, or were for the mutual benefit of the employer and worker, these injuries should be treated as work-related.

For instance, Robert Powell of Cedar Rapids hurt his back while bowling as part of a company program to boost worker morale. Because the activity was considered work-related, his employer paid more than $100,000 in workers’ compensation benefits.

These special circumstances of work-related injuries do not apply to all cases. If you have been injured in a work-related activity, contact the Iowa workers’ compensation lawers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.


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