Types of workers’ compensation benefits in Iowa

Iowa employers are required to provide workers’ compensation benefits to their employees. The three types of workers’ compensation benefits are as follows:

  1. Medical Benefits – Any medical care that an employee requires as a result of a workplace injury will be paid for by the employer and insurance provider. The employer has the autonomy to choose the doctor. The employer and insurance provider must reimburse the employee for any travel expenses (fuel) associated with medical appointments.
  2. Permanency Benefits – An employee may receive permanent partial disability benefits after sustaining a permanent injury, and it is provided based on the degree of the disability and the earning capacity of the employee thereafter.
  3. Wage Replacement Benefits – Any wages that are lost as a result of your workplace injury will be paid for by your employer and insurance provider. This also makes up for wages that would be made otherwise if the employee must work fewer hours for a certain period of time after the injury.

If you are in the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim in Iowa, consult with our legal team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C.. Don’t hesitate to call our Des Moines office at 877-327-2600.

OSHA revises manual for firefighters’ safety

Firefighting is not an easy task.  Firefighters face potential hazards to their own health in their daily jobs. On September 17, the Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) published a revision of the manual, Fire Service Features of Buildings and Fire Protection Systems.

OSHA revised this publication, stating that fire personnel will be able to respond to an accident sooner and more safely if the building meets the needs outlined for emergencies. The revised manual also has new chapters on water supply and integration of design elements. The manual is aimed at helping emergency responders during fires and other emergencies, according to OSHA.

The OSHA Act of 1970 states that employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace for the employees.

If you are a firefighter or you know one who is aggravated by negligent employers, you may want to consult with our workers’ compensation lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. and call our Des Moines offices at 877-327-2600.

New beryllium exposure limit proposed by OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plans to lower workers’ exposure limit to industrial mineral beryllium in amounts up to ten times less than the current standard, according to a report by 9News.

The agency plans to lower beryllium exposure in the workplace to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter – much lower than the 2.0 mcg/m3 set by the Atomic Energy Commission in 1948. The agency estimates that around 50 serious illnesses and 100 deaths will be avoided annually by this move. Approximately 35,000 workers will be positively affected when this measure is approved.

Employees exposed to dangerous levels of beryllium may work in dental laboratories, metal foundries, and aircraft factories.

Being exposed to beryllium or other harmful elements at work can be tremendously worrying. You don’t have to feel alone at this crucial time. We at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. might be able to help you secure the financial assistance you need at this difficult time. Call our Des Moines office at 877-327-2600 to learn more about filing for workers’ compensation benefits today.

Industrial accident sends one Heinz contractor to hospital

A worker was injured following an industrial accident that occurred at the Heinz factory in Muscatine on Thursday, August 21.

At 3:27 p.m., emergency services were called to rescue a man pinned under a piece of industrial equipment while working at the Heinz facility on 1357 N. Isett Ave. The worker, whose name was withheld, had already been freed when the emergency crew arrived. He was airlifted to Genesis East hospital in Davenport for treatment.

In a statement released by H.J. Heinz Co., senior vice president of corporate and government affairs Michael Mullen stated that the company was prompt in responding to the incident, and that they are dedicated in ensuring safety among their employees. The statement further said the company is fully investigating the accident.

The conclusion of this investigation, and of other investigations, could be that the incident could have been prevented if the proper measures were taken. If you were hurt while on duty in Des Moines, a workers’ compensation lawyer at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. might be able to help secure the benefits you believe you deserve. Call us now at 877-327-2600 see if you’re eligibility for such action.

Man Saved by Co-worker from Falling into 300 Degree Vat of Chemicals

Early last month, a man almost fell to his death into a tank filled with 300 degree chemicals, but was saved by a coworker who grabbed him just in time.

Initial reports said that the man was pulled to safety by a coworker after breaking his fall into the boiling liquid. 

The two employees of Barrett Plating Inc. at 2100 Northeast 60th Ave., were trying to recover metal debris inside a 5 foot deep tank by climbing on a tower steel structure when the accident occurred. 

A team from the Des Moines Hazmat was immediate notified to help decontaminate the area. The victim was immediately taken to the hospital for further treatment. 

Workplace accidents can occur in a variety of ways, and the results are often devastating. If you have been injured in a work-related accident, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to help you cover your various accident-related losses. To learn more about pursuing workers’ comp benefits, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., today by calling 877-327-2600. 




Elementary school employee injured, seeks punishment for principal

An employee of a Florida elementary school is speaking with the Florida school board about an incident in which he was kicked in the groin by a student. The man claims that the school’s prinicpal is at fault because she allowed the young student to bully classmates and staff.

The incident occurred last October, when the man was overseeing after-school detention. A young girl kicked the man in the groin, and he was severely injured. The man has claimed that, following the incident, the school’s prinicipal did not call authorities.

The superintendent of the district sent a letter of reprimand to the principal for not reporting the incident to authorities. However, the man believes that the principal should also be fired for acting negligently and allowing the incident to occur and is calling on the school board to enact a punishment on the principal.

If you or someone you love has been injured while at work, please contact the Des Moines workplace injuries lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.

Three Construction Workers Injured in Les Mars Accident

Blue Bunny’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor is under renovation. The first step was to replace the roof. Construction workers suffered a setback yesterday when a wall caved in trapping up to four construction workers. Two men were able to free themselves and sustained minor injuries. One required firefighter’s assistance and was removed from the scene on a stretcher.

According to the WCF Courier, “The wall was located between the ice cream parlor and Timmy’s Catering Service. No employees in the other business were injured.”

The renovated ice cream parlor is set to open next year. Officials say work will not resume until the Parlor is deemed safe.

Construction accidents are dangerous and can leave you seriously injured. If you or someone you know has been injured in a construction accident, call the Des Moines construction accident lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by dialing 1-877-327-2600.

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