Loss of Use Compensation: Part 3
The workers’ compensation system exists to help workers weather the financial storms that are likely to accompany a workplace injury. Medical bills, lost time and income, and other complications that arise can greatly interfere with the normal course of one’s life and the benefit payments available through worker’s compensation can help to ease that blow significantly.
Workers’ compensation protection is perhaps never as important as when an individual loses one of his senses or becomes completely and permanently disabled. Iowa has established a statutory schedule by which an employee may be compensated for the loss of or loss of use of different body parts.
If you are coping with complex psychological, physical, and financial issues because you have suffered a serious occupational injury, a skilled and experienced attorney can help ensure that you have full access to all the benefits that you deserve. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.
Workers’ Compensation for Total Loss of Use
As part of the disability evaluation process, you will receive a rating that reflects the perceived percentage of compromised use. When you are determined to have a 100 % loss of use, you are eligible to be compensated for the maximum number of weeks permitted by the law:
- Loss of one eye – 140 weeks
- Loss of hearing (one ear) – 50 weeks
- Loss of hearing (both ears) – 175 weeks
- Permanent disfigurement of the face or head – 150 weeks
- Loss of whole body function – 500 weeks