When you injure your low back, middle back or in fact any portion of your back while working you are entitled to benefits under the Iowa workers' compensation laws. Low back injuries are significant in the Iowa work comp system because back limitations can have a drastic affect a person’s ability to work. The effect an Iowa work comp injury has on your ability to work is the primary driver of the amount of money the system will pay for a work related injury. If an Iowa employee sustains a permanent back injury, they are entitled to benefits based on how the back injury affects their ability to work and earn money. These benefits are called "industrial disability benefits." Ultimately there is a determination of how the injury affects your ability to work in percentage terms. If you lose 50 percent of your ability to work you would be entitled to 50 percent of 500 weeks (amount set by law) or 250 weeks of Iowa workers' compensation benefits for the injury. Back injuries are frequently pursued under the Iowa work comp system as there are a significant amount of employment positions that are precluded for persons with permanent low back injuries and limitations.