You may already know that Workers' Comp covers medical and hospital bills for your workplace injury, but it also provides many other important benefits for employees. Workers' Comp benefits may extend to rehabilitation of an injury such as paying for physical therapy or occupational therapy. It may extend to job and task retraining for specific job duties or retraining for new positions that you are better suited to because of the injury. Workers' Compensation benefits may also provide disability payments while you are unable to work.
It is important to remember that Workers' Comp not only covers accidents on the job, but also provides benefits for injuries caused over a longer period of time such as carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic back and shoulder problems and tinnitus. There are even some illnesses and diseases that are a gradual result of work conditions such as heart conditions, lung disease, occupational skin diseases/injury, and stress-related illnesses. You may need to consider if your job duties are contributing to your health issue that you have developed. If you think it is work related then you need to report this injury to your employer in writing. Your employer has the right to choose your medical provider and it is important to follow instructions regarding medical treatment and restrictions. If you need advice regarding your injury contact an experienced Iowa Workers' Compensation attorney to make sure you are getting the benefits you are entitled to under Iowa law.