In January of 2008, C.G. sustained an injury while working for a regional hospital. The Claimant sustained an injury to his left knee. Complicating the matter was the fact that three months prior to his injury, the Claimant had undergone a left knee replacement which was not work related. The new injury of January of 2008 resulted in an aggravation to his prior knee condition and resulted in an additional surgery. The employer and Iowa Work Comp insurance carrier took the position that the Claimant’s left knee injury was minor and solely limited to his left knee. The treating physician opined that the impairment rating associated with the new injury was only 2% which would entitle the Claimant to an additional 4.4 weeks of Iowa Work Comp benefits or approximately $2,000.
C.G. contacted the Pothitakis Law Firm as he did not believe that was an appropriate award given the continued pain and discomfort that he was suffering from after the January 2008 injury. Not only did the Claimant suffer from knee pain, but shortly thereafter he began experiencing hip and back pain because of limping as a result of his knee injury. This resulted in medically what is called an “altered gait.” Pothitakis Law Firm took the position and argued that the Claimant’s left knee injury had resulted in his limp which resulted in back pain and hip pain. The importance of this argument was that the Claimant’s entitlement to Iowa Work Comp benefits could be increased dramatically if the Claim were found to extend beyond the left knee.
In December of 2010, the parties appeared before the Deputy Workers' Compensation Commissioner to present their case. In February of 2011, a Decision was issued. The Deputy Workers' Compensation Commissioner agreed with the Claimant and Pothitakis Law Firm and found that C.G.’s left knee condition resulted in the limp that aggravated C.G.’s low back and hip condition and awarded C.G. benefits which amounted to approximately $70,000. In addition, the Defendants were ordered to pay for the medical care associated with the Claimant’s hip and back pain. This shows the advantage of having an experience Iowa work comp attorney.
Learn about Iowa Work Comp
Many workers have heard about Iowa work comp insurance periodically over the course of their lives, but if you have never had to file for a worker’s compensation insurance claim, you may understandably not know much about it. Worker’s compensation is a type of insurance that many, but not all, employers are required to pay for. It provides worker’s with compensation for wages they don’t earn while recuperating from their injury. It may also provide reimbursement for medical bills related to the incident. In addition, in the event of a worker’s death, it may function similar to life insurance and provide benefits to the worker’s dependents.
However, it is important to understand that the rules for Iowa work comp may be complicated to understand, and it can also be difficult for a worker to determine if a claim settlement is fair. If you have been trying to learn more about Iowa work comp insurance, you should seek the legal advice of the Pothitakis Law Firm P.C. This law firm is headed by Niko Pothitakis, who has over a decade of experience working in this area of the law. When you first meet with this legal team, you can learn more about how worker’s compensation works and if you may qualify for a claim. If you do qualify, the law firm can provide you with legal representation during the settlement process.
A work-related injury can be a major and even life-changing event. It affects your physical health and well-being, and it may affect your ability to continue to work in a position that you have been trained and educated for. If you have been affected by this type of event, you also could have different healthcare needs, and the cost of healthcare services can be significant. The first step that you should take today should be to contact the Pothitakis Law Firm P.C. Compensation from a worker’s compensation claim in Iowa can ease your financial strain, and the law firm offers services for those in areas such as Davenport, Ottumwa, Fairfield, and Iowa City.