What is permanent total disability?

When individuals are injured on the job, their injury is considered a permanent total disability injury if the employees are incapable of returning to work.

In many cases, the employees will be entitled to PTD benefits. These benefits will typically last and will be payable as long as the employees remain permanently disabled.

If you or anyone you know has been injured on the job, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



Are driving expenses included in workers' compensation benefits?

When employees are injured in accidents, they often receive workers' compensation benefits. These benefits not only include medical expenses but also expenses that are part of treatment for the injury.

For example, if the employee must drive to the doctor to receive treatment, then the employee can include the driving expenses as part of his or her workers' compensation benefits. 

Provisions like these for workers' compensation, however, are often limited by state law and company policy. If you or anyone you know has questions about workers' compensation benefits, contact the Des Moines workers' compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600. 



The need to file injury claims immediately

When employees are injured on the job, they should file a claim as soon as possible. The reason for this immediate action is that many workers' compensation claims have restrictions. 

These restrictions often include provisions that require that employees file claims within 30 days. These restrictions, though, are typically determined by state law and company policy. 

If you or anyone you know has been injured on the job, contact the Des Moines workers' compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600. 



Can employers fire employees for false workers' compensation claims?

Employees file workers' compensation claims for various reasons. In some cases, employees will attempt to file workers' compensation claims when they are not actually injured or have incurred injuries in non-work related incidents.

When employees attempt to file these false claims and are caught, then they may face both business and legal consequences. For instance, in some cases, the employer may have grounds to fire the employee if the employee knowingly filed a workers' compensation claim for a non-work related accident.  

If you have questions about your workers' compensation claims, contact the Des Moines workers' compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600. 



Is tendonitis a serious workplace injury?

Many people believe that tendonitis is not a serious workplace injury. Because the injury typically does not make an employee unable to perform a job, many employees do not believe it is serious enough to warrant workers' compensation benefits.

However, tendonitis is a serious injury that not only compromises employees' ability to work but also hinders activities in their everyday lives. For this reason, employees with tendinitis can usually receive workers' compensation benefits. 

If you have questions about whether your injury warrants a workers' compensation claim, contact the Des Moines workers' compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600. 



Jobless rate rises in half of U.S. metro areas

Jobless rates rose in almost have of the 372 United States metro areas. According to government data, the national rate hit a 26-year high of 10.2%. 

As the jobless rate continues to climb in metro areas, more people will be out of jobs and may search for new locations for employment. In the long term, this could mean that people move from areas of low employment to areas of high employment.

If you believe you have wrongfully lost  your job, contact the Des Moines wrongful termination lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600. 



The unintended consequences of the Americans with Disabilities Act

When the American with Disabilities Act was passed, it was meant to protect people with disabilities against discrimination. However, some people believe it may have had the unintended consequence of making it harder for people with disabilities to gain employment.

This unintended consequence has occurred because companies are required to provide certain accommodations for people with disabilities. For this reason, many companies may try to avoid hiring people with disabilities in the first place.

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of employment discrimination, contact the Iowa workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



Do you need a lawyer to file your worker's compensation claim?

Not necessarily. People who have sustained an injury at work can file workers' compensation claims on their own. Also, they may be able to receive help from a union representative.

However, the workers' compensation clauses in employees' contracts are often long and complicated. In order to fairly interpret them and to fully recover damages, many people are advised to hire a lawyer. Without a lawyer, some people may miss out on compensation payments that they should have received. 

If you or anyone you know is seeking advice on a workers' compensation claim, contact the Iowa workers' compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600. 



The lingering effects of cumulative injuries

While some workplace injuries are due to singular accidents, some are the result of a series of events that lead to injury. These types of injuries are often known as cumulative injuries and are protected under workers' compensation laws. 

The type of injuries that typically occur are hearing loss, toxic chemical injuries, and trauma. Because these injuries develop over time, they are often not noticed until they are severe. 

If you or anyone you know has suffered a cumulative injury in the workplace, contact the Des Moines workplace injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600. 



Can an injured worker be fired?

Employees who are injured on the job have certain workers’ compensation rights. These often include compensation for lost wages and repayment for medical expenses related to the job injury.

However, injured workers do not necessarily have absolute job protection. While it may be difficult for a company to fire an injured worker, there are certain circumstances in which an employer can legally fire an employee.

For instance, when an employee is so injured that the employee will likely be unable to assume the former job responsibilities in the future, then the employer can fire the employee because that employee cannot perform the necessary job requirements. However, the firing is subject to many provisions, which may include compensation for lost wages. These provisions often depend on various state laws.

If you have been fired for an unjust cause, contact the Des Moines worker’s compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



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