Pothitakis Law Firm, P.C. has been a leader as an Iowa workers’ compensation attorney. Niko Pothitakis has helped many people over the last 20 years win cases against employers. Below is only one example of the success of Mr. Pothitakis and his success as top Iowa workers’ compensation attorney.
Recently, Pothitakis Law Firm, P.C., was successful in the resolution of a Workers' Compensation Iowa claim for one of our clients. We represented an employee who was injured when her foot was run over by a forklift. The injury resulted in fractures which required surgery. Under the Iowa Workers' Compensation statutes, if the injury was just to the Claimant’s foot, her entitlement would be her impairment rating percentage loss multipled by 150 weeks. Under Iowa Workers' Compensation law, a foot, if 100% impaired, is worth 150 weeks.
With respect to this employee, she was given a 50% loss of use to her foot, which would entitle her to 50% of 150 weeks, or 75 weeks of benefits. The Workers' Compensation Insurance Carrier contended this was all that she was entitled to receive, which would have amounted to approximately $25,000.
When Pothitakis Law Firm, P.C., took on the case we realized that the Workers' Compensation Insurance Carrier was incorrectly calculating the benefits that were due the injured employee. Further, even using the Defendants’ calculations, they failed to pay the Iowa Work Comp benefits in a timely manner.
Pothitakis Law Firm, P.C., filed a Workers' Compensation petition and scheduled the matter for hearing and sought additional Work Comp Iowa benefits. Pothitakis Law Firm, P.C., contended that because of the Claimant’s foot injury, she was limping which resulted in pain and discomfort in her back. Pothitakis Law Firm, P.C., was able to obtain opinions from physicians who confirmed the same. The importance of these medical opinions was that the case was no longer treated as simply a foot injury but was treated as a foot injury that also caused a back condition. By obtaining medical evidence that the employee’s injury was beyond just a foot injury, the focus was no longer on the extent of the foot injury but was on how the injury affected the Claimant’s ability to earn a wage in the competitive labor market.
If accepted by the judge, this would result in significantly more benefits for the injured employee.
In addition, because the benefits that the Workers' Compensation carrier did pay were late, Pothitakis Law Firm, P.C., sought what is called penalty benefits on behalf of the employee. Penalty benefits are damages that can be awarded if the Workers' Compensation carrier fails to pay Iowa Workers' Compensation benefits when due.
The case went to trial and was presented to a Deputy Workers' Compensation Commissioner for a decision. Pothitakis Law Firm, P.C., and the client were extremely satisfied with the decision in that it awarded the Claimant 250 weeks of benefits which would total in excess of $84,000. In addition, the Workers' Compensation Insurance Carrier was ordered to pay the employee $7,000 for failing to pay the initial benefits when due.
Not being happy with the Decision, the Workers' Compensation Insurance Carrier filed an appeal to the Workers' Compensation Insurance Commissioner asking that the Decision be overturned. After submitting briefs, Pothitakis Law Firm, P.C., was successful in maintaining the Decision by the appeal being denied.
As illustrated, Iowa Workers' Compensation cases can be very complicated and it’s very important to speak with a competent Workers' Compensation Iowa attorney when you sustain any injury at work.
Why Choose Niko Pothitakis for Iowa Workers Compensation Lawyer
Workers’ compensation insurance can provide those who have been injured on the job with financial benefits after an accident. Workplace injuries and accidents are unfortunately common, and many people will experience an injury at work at some point in their lives. These injuries can be difficult to deal with for a number of reasons. You may be focused on trying to obtain the best medical care possible, but healthcare services can be expensive. Bills from lab tests, doctor’s visits, hospitalization, rehab and more may quickly add up. In addition, your injuries may be preventing you from working and supporting your family financially. An Iowa workers compensation lawyer can help you to learn more about workers’ compensation insurance and can assist you with the claims process.
Many workers who have been injured on the job do qualify for worker’s compensation, but they fail to file a claim because they don’t believe they qualify or have been erroneously told that they don’t qualify. To obtain truthful and accurate information, it is best to work with an Iowa workers compensation lawyer with experience in this area. Niko Pothitakis at the Pothitkakis Law Firm P.C. is the workers' compensation lawyer who you want to work with when looking into the possibility of filing a claim. Since 1991, he has been devoting his career to workers' compensation cases, and he and his team have the knowledge, experience and dedication to help you obtain the financial settlement that you deserve after being injured on the job.
When you initially contact the Pothitakis Law Firm P.C., you will receive more information about workers' comp, and all of your questions about the process can be answered by the legal team. This Iowa workers compensation lawyer can help you to learn more about your legal rights, and he can help you to determine if you qualify for a claim. Simply call the Pothitakis Law Firm P.C. today to schedule your initial consultation. After being injured in an accident, this may be one of the most important steps that you can take to ensure your financial well-being.