Iowa Workers’ Compensation Benefits Coverage

There are three types of benefits that injured employees are entitled to according to Iowa’s Workers’ Compensation Benefits laws. They are Medical Benefits, Temporary (healing period) Total Disability Benefits, and Permanency Benefits.

  • Medical Benefits: Your company’s insurance carrier and your employer have to shoulder any medical expenses you face after your workplace injury, as well as reimbursement for your travel expenses to and from your appointments.
  • Temporary Total Disability Benefits: If you were forced to take off work due to the workplace injury, your employer is required to pay the amount you would’ve received had you been going to work. You’ll notice the gross income is less than usual and this is because these amounts are not taxable.
  • Permanency Benefits: These benefits are added if the injury you sustained was at work has led to a permanent disability. If the injured body part was the leg, foot, arm, or hand, then the amount received will relate to the level that the injury is debilitating. If the injury happened somewhere on your torso—your back, neck, shoulder, hips, etc.—or your head, then the amount paid is determined by how the injury will affect the person’s ability to obtain an income over the rest of their lives.

If you’ve been left unable to work due to neglect from your employer to prevent your injury, you are entitled to compensation. Contact an attorney with LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 if you’ve been denied this compensation from your employer and we might be able to fight on your behalf.

Iowa Supreme Court rules in slaughterhouse worker's injuries

A slaughterhouse worker took his case all the way to the Supreme Court to prove that he suffered an injury, not an illness, as a result of his work and should therefore be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

The worker contracted brucellosis, a blood contamination caused by certain bacteria carried by domestic animals, during his 10 years at the meat packing plant. Six years after leaving the company, he learned that he had brucellosis and filed a worker’s compensation claim for disability benefits. However, the slaughterhouse claimed that the worker suffered from an illness, not an injury, and therefore was not eligible for benefits. After a long series of court battles, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that an injury would have occurred for the bacteria to be contracted, and thus the condition could be considered an injury.

If you are fighting to receive the workers’ compensation and disability benefits you need, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.

Man files lawsuit against Iowa law school for age discrimination

A Michigan man is suing Iowa University in a hiring discrimination lawsuit. Donald Dobkin of West Bloomfield claims that he did not receive a job at the school's College of Law because of his age. 

Dobkin applied for a position as a law professor in 2008. Dobkin claims that he was well-qualified for the position, citing his 25 years of experience, numerous law journal articles, and experience leading the largest immigration law firm in Michigan. 

In supporting his claim, Dobkin points to evidence that the law school had not hired a faculty member over the age of 40 in the last 10 years. For the claim, Dobkin is seeking damages of receiving a position and an award for any lost wages. 

If you have not received a job because of age discrimination,contact the Iowa workers' compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.

The basics of wrongful termination

When many employees lose their jobs, they feel like they have been wrongfully terminated. However, wrongful termination only applies to a set of circumstances in which the employer has violated an actual federal or state statute regulating employment and firing. 

Because of the employment at will doctrine, which says that private employers can fire employees for any reason unless they break a specific law, employers generally do not have to provide a justification for firing an employee. Determining whether someone has been wrongfully terminated can be difficult for many employees. 

If you or anyone you know is curious whether you have been wrongfull terminated, contact the Des Moines workers' compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.

Are you eligible for workers’ compensation under Iowa law?

employees who suffer work-related injuries in Iowa are often confused about which types of
injuries are covered under Iowa law. In Iowa, a work-related injury is defined as any health impairment
that results from employment activities and does not result from the normal
wear and tear on the body.

injuries can also include diseases and hearing losses, as long as they are the
result of employment activities or exposure. Preexisting injuries or disease,
however, are not entitled to protection, unless the injury or disease is
aggravated as a result of current employment.

general, most employees injured on the job receive
some protection under Iowa law and are likely eligible for benefits. If you believe you
deserve compensation for a work-related injury, please contact
the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.


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