Is your shoulder injury covered under Iowa’s workers’ comp law?

Shoulder injuries are among the most common injuries suffered by employees. The types of injuries associated with shoulder joints range from mildly uncomfortable to severely painful, but any variation of discomfort may affect a worker’s ability to perform job-related tasks. The most frequently reported types of shoulder injuries are:

  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome

An employee is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if the shoulder injury or shoulder pain was cause by the performance of job-related duties or a workplace accident. The employer’s insurance must pay for all the medical bills associated with the injury. Income replacement benefits may be provided when the employee needs to adjust work duties, is unable to return to work, or is permanently affected by the injury.

If you sustained a shoulder injury in a workplace accident or during your employment, please get in touch with our workers’ compensation lawyers at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. to learn about your legal options. Call our Des Moines office at 877-327-2600 today.



The Basics of Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Iowa

After a workplace-related accident, you should notify your employer within 90 days to make sure that you will get the benefits you need. The employer will then complete a report for the insurance provider. Employers in Iowa are required to provide insurance to cover all possible workers’ compensation claims. If they don’t provide coverage, they will be liable under Iowa law.

A smooth transaction is much more likely when employees properly follow procedures, comply with all requirements, and establish that the accident happened during employment. The benefits you will be eligible to receive may be medical benefits to cover the cost of care and recovery or disability benefits to replace the wage you are no longer able to earn due to your injury.

Any dispute in the transaction should be dealt with in the presence of a workers’ compensation commissioner. It is the employee’s duty to notify the commissioner if the benefits were unsatisfactory or if it was not provided at all. Failure to report any dispute may lead to the loss of benefits. Any other claims and issues should be brought to the commissioner within three years of the accident. If you feel that a ruling made by the commissioner is unjustified or unfair, you may appeal the decision to the Iowa court of appeals.

Above all else, a skilled workers’ compensation attorney can help you get the results you need when pursuing compensation from your employer’s insurer. If you are in the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim in Iowa, contact the attorneys of the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling our office at 877-327-2600 today.



Injured trash hauler’s workers comp case to move forward

A workers’ compensation case involving a 55 year-old Des Moines trash hauler who was injured on the job in 2009 will finally be prosecuted. The man was injured three years ago after he fell eight feet while trying to tie down a tarp on a trash collector.

He was hospitalized after the fall and suffered severe abdominal pain and was vomiting blood, according to state records. His employers did not have insurance to cover workers’ compensation.

After he resigned two years later, a workers’ compensation deputy discovered that his injuries were not properly recorded. Another deputy has ordered his employers to pay the man’s disability payments and a $25,000 penalty. The state is considering criminal and civil ramifications.

If you or someone you love has been hurt on the job, you may qualify for workers’ compensation. Contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.



Miners exposed to diesel exhaust more likely to develop lung cancer

A new study by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have found that non-metal miners are significantly more likely to develop and die from lung cancer than other people.

More than 12,000 miners were studied by researchers at non-metal mines such as salt, limestone, trona, and potash mines. These workers are exposed to high levels of diesel exhaust more often than the general population due to the heavy equipment used.

The study found that underground miners with heavy exposure to diesel exhaust, who are also smokers, are three times more likely to develop lung cancer; non-smoking workers are seven times more likely.

If you are a miner and have suffered health problems as a result, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Grain elevator explosion sends one to the hospital

A worker was taken to the hospital with burn injuries after a grain elevator exploded in Kansas last week.

Witnesses say the employee opened the elevator door and walked inside when the explosion suddenly occurred. The blast broke windows and a metal door in the head house. So far OSHA and Reno County Emergency Management are investigating the cause of the explosion.

Residents and businesses in a three-block radius of the elevator were ordered to evacuate as a precaution, and traffic and trains were diverted as the city’s gas services inspected the area for a possible gas leak. The man’s condition was not disclosed.

If you have been injured on the job, you could be eligible for workers’ compensation. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at 877-327-2600 for a free consultation.



Michigan governor changes workers compensation legislation

Earlier this week Governor Rick Snyder signed off on a new workers compensation laws in order to repay the federal government $3 billion it owes in unemployment benefits.

However, many are criticizing the new legislation. Unemployed workers who are receiving workers compensation have only 10 weeks to find a job, even if it pays lower than their previous job and is outside their previous experience. If they decide not to take a job after 10 weeks, they could lose their benefits. This provision will make it harder for unemployed workers to collect benefits if they quit or are fired.

The only professions exempt from the new law are firefighters and law enforcement.

If you have suffered a workplace injury, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 today.



Man pleads guilty to workers’ compensation fraud

A man has received probation after pleading guilty to workers’ compensation fraud and filing a false report.

The 28 year-old paramedic shot himself in January but said that a man wearing a lime green jacket with NASCAR badges on it shot him. While the shooting was under investigation, the man broke down and admitted he made the story up and the wound was self-inflicted.

A judge has sentenced him to thirty-six months probation for workers’ compensation fraud and one year for filing a false report, both will be served concurrently.

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



Employee sues employer for $10 million

A former construction worker is suing his employer for $10 million after he lost his leg in a car accident that occurred while on the job. The man says his boss was negligent as she was driving a pickup truck and ran over him.

While his boss has taken sole responsibility for the accident and agreed that he should be awarded workers’ compensation for the accident, she believes that his compensation should be capped at $50,000 by law. The man claims he was not covered by workers’ compensation insurance and so no limit should be imposed.

He is seeking the $10 million in lost income, the extent of his injuries, medical expenses, unpaid overtime, and his wife’s emotional distress.

If you or someone you know has suffered a workplace injury, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today by calling 877-327-2600.



University professor denied workers’ compensation

A former professor at the University of Northern Iowa was denied workers’ compensation by state officials after she filed a lawsuit against the school for causing her to have a mental breakdown.

The woman claimed that administrators and colleagues created a stressful and negative environment, which caused her to have a mental breakdown and leave the school. The Deputy Workers’ Compensation Commissioner found that the woman failed to prove that mistreatment by the administrators was the direct cause of her breakdown.

The woman has stated that she will be seeking an appeal.

If you feel that you are owed workers’ compensation due to mental or physical distress, please contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



Iowa Bill Prevents Off-Duty Employees from Receiving Workers’ Comp

A new bill that has been approved in the Iowa House will prevent workers who are injured at the workplace while they are off duty from collecting workers’ compensation.

The bill was created after an employee of a company was given $30,000 in workers’ compensation after she was injured while running personal errands at her company. Because this case is currently under appeal by the state, some House members who are against the bill have said that they believe the bill was created solely to shorten the appeal of the previously mentioned case.

Despite the concerns of some, the bill was passed 56-36, and the bill will almost definitely have an effect on the outcome of this appeal case.

If you or someone you love has been injured at the workplace and would like more information on collecting workers’ comp, please contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



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