Woman denied workers’ compensation benefits following state decision

A woman lost her workers’ compensation case after filing for permanent disability benefits due to psychological anguish she sustained in a workplace incident, a report published by the Iowa City Press-Citizen on Thursday, January 30, stated.

In March 2010, around 15 workers were rushed to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic (UIHC) after approximately 30 gallons of liquid ammonia leaked in a West Liberty Foods processing plant. Among the workers was Maria Cruz, who claims she has suffered from permanent emotional trauma after being undressed in front of other people to be hosed down as a decontamination procedure.

The State of Iowa has denied Cruz her permanent disability claim after Deputy Workers’ Compensation Commissioner William Grell ruled on January 15 that Cruz can still perform her work duties despite the incident. Grell added that none of the mental health professionals have placed a work restriction on her, despite stating that her mental anguish is real.

Unfortunately, many people have their workers’ compensation and long-term disability claims denied, preventing them from getting much-needed financial support. If this is the case for you or a loved one in Des Moines, our lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., can help evaluate your situation and possibly take legal steps to fight for the compensation you need. Call us at 877-327-2600 today.


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