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January 1, 2012

Workers’ Compensation

Each State has its own system for determining whether a condition is work-related, what treatment and medication are available, and for awarding compensation for work injuries. Iowa has a collection of agency decisions and Court opinions from the Iowa Supreme Court and the Iowa Court of Appeals, interpreting the Iowa workers’ compensation statutes. An attorney who is experienced in Iowa workers’ compensation law can be important, from the time of the injury to the time of a hearing or settlement. Issues include work-related injuries, notice to the employer of the injury, the weekly rate of compensation, impairment ratings, Independent Medical Examinations, whether to file a Petition for Arbitration requesting a hearing before a Deputy Workers’ Compensation Commissioner and settlements, among others.

Employers have insurance companies or claims administrators who are trained in handling workers’ compensation claims. Some adjustors are well-trained, while others may not handle your injury, treatment or compensation according to Iowa law. You should consult an attorney who is very knowledgeable in the Iowa statutes, as well as agency and Court decisions interpreting the Iowa workers’ compensation law. Selection of an attorney is an important decision, and should be made on the basis of the attorney’s training, experience,  leadership in groups specific to that area of the law, and reputation among past clients.

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