For an injury to be covered under the Iowa Workers' Compensation laws, does it have to be one traumatic incident or can it occur over time?

In Iowa, traumatic injuries as well as what are called cumulative injuries are covered under the Iowa Workers' Compensation Act.  Many injuries occur as a result of repetitive activities or injuries that occur over time.  As long as the injury is related to the work activities, then Iowa Workers' Compensation benefits should be provided.

Many workers in Iowa sustain disabling injuries as a result of repetitive lifting, bending, twisting, etc.  The fact that one specific event does not cause the injury does not preclude their entitlement to receive Iowa Workers' Compensation benefits, including medical care and weekly Iowa Workers' Compensation checks.  In fact, many very serious injuries occur gradually as opposed to from one specific event.  Both traumatic and cumulative injuries are treated the same under Iowa Workers' Compensation laws.  If your Iowa work injury comes on gradually, it is important to report it as soon as you believe it's a more serious condition .  Cumulative-type injuries, or gradual injuries, are hotly contested Iowa Workers' Compensation claims and for that reason it may be beneficial to speak with an experienced Iowa Workers' Compensation attorney.  There are deadlines that have to be met whether the injury is cumulative (gradual) or in one specific incident.